I have a back up script in ~/scripts/backup.sh and my upstart conf in ~/.config/upstart/shutdown.conf.

description "my shutdown script"
start on desktop-end

console log
  exec ~/scripts/backup.sh start
end script

My script backs up to an external hard drive on desktop-end but the external hard drive gets unmounted before my script is called.

How can I precede the shutdown sequence with my script and then resume only when my script is done?

I tried the solution from this post but the hook on starting rc isn't working.


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Credit to this posted answer

First, I don't know why upstart works at all since Ubuntu 15.10 should be using systemd instead. So I used systemd to solve my problem.

I create a systemd "unit" called backup.service

Description=Backup script
RequiresMountsFor=/mnt/D21EF5DA1EF5B795 /home /media/external
Before=shutdown.target reboot.target halt.target

ExecStart=/bin/bash /home/deanresin/scripts/backup.sh start


RequiresMountsFor ensures those hard drives remain mounted before and during the script. Before=shutdown.target reboot.target halt.target is the hook that will call the backup script.

Put the backup.service file in /etc/systemd/system and sudo chmod u+x /etc/systemd/system/backup.service to make it executable.

Now enable the backup.service by systemctl enable backup.service

And voila! The backup script "backup.sh" should be called at restart,shutdown or halt and executed before the specified drives are unmounted.

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