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I'm trying to figure out Upstart and I'm not sure if I should put them in

/etc/init

or

~/.config/upstart

And what is the difference between the locations?

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/etc/init is for system jobs - those services which are started independent of any user being logged in. These are typically system services. By default, commands are run as root unless setuid is used.

~/.config/upstart is for session jobs - these are run for a user logged into the GUI.

What does your Upstart job do?

  • Is it performing some function for some logged in user, specific to them? Use ~/.config/upstart.
  • Does it not need a user logged in do its work, or need to run when the system starts? Use /etc/init.
  • I put a script in ~/.config/upstart/ but when I run "sudo service <service_name> start", it says "unrecognized service". Do you know why this is? – Ryan Stull Apr 9 '15 at 19:28
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    @RyanStull the service command deals exclusively with system jobs and sysvinit scripts. Simply use start service_name, or initctl start service_name. – muru Apr 9 '15 at 19:31

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