I've build a Play Framework Application (cool Java/Scala Web Framework) and would like to start it automatically like Apache2 or MySQL Server. For this I wrote a simple Bash script and did chmod +x on it, put it in /etc/init.d/ and it works fine when I call it manually in the shell. The Bash script is:

. /home/cc/Desktop/java/playmulti/playstart

This calls the following script:

(play start &)

The play start starts the Play Framework Application in /home/cc/Desktop/java/playmulti/. Also I did ls -s and tried to put in different /etc/rcX.d/ directories. I even used update-rc.d to put it there, but nothing I try seems to work. Script doesn't start with the reboot :/

Any suggestions are highly appreciated!

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    Could you post the exact sequence of commands that you used? Specifically, how did you use update-rc.d? Jan 18, 2014 at 21:46
  • To start the script in "/home/cc/Desktop/java/playmulti/playstart" I did: "./playstart". To start "update-rc.d" I did "update-rc.d playmulti defaults" in the same directory. Is that what you meant?
    – Crayl
    Jan 18, 2014 at 22:16
  • I should mention that I got the standard result from update-rc.d as shown here: debian-administration.org/articles/28
    – Crayl
    Jan 18, 2014 at 22:24
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    Have you considered that during boot time you will only have a restricted environment set up? If your application framework requires e.g. a JAVA_HOME setting this may not be available yet. Jan 18, 2014 at 23:13
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    Well, one way to do this is is to source your bashrc script using the dot notation, e.g. . ~/.bashrc at the beginning of your script. The best way strongly depends on your specific setup. Jan 19, 2014 at 12:33

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I Think your sh file not geting its environment to run the scrip when start up you can do first go to your file path by


cd /home/cc/Desktop/java/playmulti java -cp your jar files along your full class path

  • That's correct! I had to "cd" into the folder and also to call the the full path for the "play" command, like "/folder/of/framework/play start". Thanks!
    – Crayl
    Jan 20, 2014 at 13:01
  • you are well come Jan 22, 2014 at 6:16

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