I have just installed No-IP on a brand new Ubuntu 12.04 install. The program starts fine when I start it from the CLI, but if I try to make this startup script work it won't start.

I got this script from their install instructions:

#! /bin/sh
# . /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions  # uncomment/modify for your killproc
case "$1" in
    echo "Starting noip2."
    echo -n "Shutting down noip2."
    killall -TERM /usr/local/bin/noip2
    echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop}"
    exit 1
exit 0

The CL is correct because if I run /usr/local/bin/noip2 it starts. But the script itself won't start it.

What do I have wrong in there? The script is executable:

-rwxrwxrwx   1 root root   299 Jan 12 13:28 noip*


If I try the Init.d script it also works:

sudo /etc/init.d/noip start

It starts up just fine that way without a hitch.

5 Answers 5


You should run this (if you have not done so):

sudo update-rc.d noip2 defaults

It's very easy, I created a line in root crontab:

@reboot /usr/local/bin/noip2

When i power on or reboot my machine, the daemon starts automatically

  • I tried this, and the process is there when it boots, but the IP is not updated, why???
    – knocte
    Nov 5, 2015 at 15:40
  • ok, I guess what was happening is that it was running the command before launching the network interface, so if you do sleep 30 && /usr/local/bin/noip2 it will work. Therefore I'm upvoting this for being the simplest solution of all, no need to tinker with init.d scripts!
    – knocte
    Nov 5, 2015 at 15:48
  • 1
    javier and @knocte thanks! This works great! Very easy and no need to mess with init.d scripts. It should be noted that you need to specify the full path of noip2 in the crontab file (sudo crontab -e) as simply specifying sleep 30 && noip2 won't work.
    – ADTC
    Jan 2, 2016 at 8:10

In addition to the:

 sudo update-rc.d noip2 defaults

you should also set permissions of:

chmod 755 /etc/init.d/noip

Then you should be able to start and stop. tested on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

following these directions from:
How To Install No-ip2 On Ubuntu 12.04 LTS In Order To Host Servers On A Dynamic IP Address

  • Then need to go to chmod 700 per those instructions in the link so only root can run it. Dec 6, 2014 at 16:54

and I had to add the line above but with root as user and now it works fine for me.

@reboot    root  /usr/local/bin/noip2

to edit crontab

sudo nano /etc/crontab

Do you symlink to the /etc/init.d script from any /etc/rc?.d directory? I have

/etc/rc0.d/K10no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
/etc/rc1.d/K10no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
/etc/rc2.d/S90no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
/etc/rc3.d/S90no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
/etc/rc4.d/S90no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
/etc/rc5.d/S90no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
/etc/rc6.d/K10no-ip.com -> ../init.d/no-ip.com.sh*
  • 3
    That is what update-rc.d is for. :)
    – gertvdijk
    Jan 23, 2013 at 0:37

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