I'm setting up a django project following H. Percival's TDD. By the end of the chapter I setup an Upstart process to start the server with Gunicorn using Nginx as well.

My upstart file /etc/init/gunicorn-superlists-staging.conf looks like this:

description "Gunicorn server for superlists-staging"

start on net-device-up
stop on shutdown


setuid diego
chdir /home/diego/sites/superlists-staging/source

exec ../virtualenv/bin/gunicorn \
  --bind unix:/tmp/superlists-staging.socket \

And running it with sudo start I get the error:

start: Unknown job: gunicorn-superlists_staging

What confuses me is that I can run the last command fine from the server,

../virtualenv/bin/gunicorn \
    --bind unix:/tmp/superlists_staging.socket \

and this is where the error is.

The way to identify the error follows this post. That is, I comment all the instructions and uncomment one at a time until it breaks in the last one.

My server is in AWS. What else should I provide for fixing this?

  • 1
    "... which is where the error is." How did you know that? Is there more to the error message than you have shown here?
    – muru
    Mar 8 '16 at 1:23
  • I edited the question, to include my fix. I also found errors with init-checkconf but don't have the output at the moment.
    – Diego-MX
    Mar 8 '16 at 13:15
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    Oddly enough, I can't find a single example in the Upstart cookbook where \ is used to continue the command over the next line. Try putting the entire command on one line.
    – muru
    Mar 8 '16 at 13:20
  • Unfortunately, that didn't fix it. Another possibility is having changed the server's name when being referenced in the upstart process. That is, keeping it at superlists-staging instead of the whole ec2-ip-region-.compute.amazonaws.com. Could this have something to do?
    – Diego-MX
    Mar 8 '16 at 23:17
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    Dunno. Did you make a typo somewhere? The error says gunicorn-superlists_staging with a _, but the file name is gunicorn-superlists-staging.conf.
    – muru
    Mar 8 '16 at 23:19

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