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I made a script that runs fine manually, but can't get it to run with the description in How to start a script file on boot?. I have run update-rc.d -f minecraft.start defaults

This is what my /etc/init.d/minecraft.start is like

case "$1" in
    screen -S minecraft.start /home/phirephoenix/minecraft/bukkitserver/start_server.sh
    echo "Server started on screen minecraft"
    screen -X -S minecraft.start kill
    echo "Server shutting down"
    echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/minecraft.start {start|stop}"
    exit 1


exit 0

As the script works, I won't be adding it, since it's the default.

And this is my startup log /var/log/boot.log

Begin: Loading essential drivers ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/init-premount ... done.
Begin: Mounting root file system ... Begin: Running /scripts/local-top ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/local-premount ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/local-bottom ... done.
Begin: Running /scripts/init-bottom ... done.
fsck from util-linux 2.20.1
/dev/sda1: clean, 66452/4325376 files, 1205648/17301248 blocks
 * Starting configure network device [ OK ]
 * Starting Mount network filesystems [ OK ]
 * Starting Failsafe Boot Delay [ OK ]
 * Stopping Mount network filesystems [ OK ]
 * Starting Bridge socket events into upstart [ OK ]
 * Starting SMB/CIFS File Server [ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device [ OK ]
 * Stopping OpenSSH server [ OK ]
 * Starting OpenSSH server [ OK ]
 * Starting NetBIOS name server [ OK ]
 * Starting Mount network filesystems [ OK ]
 * Stopping Failsafe Boot Delay [ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device [ OK ]
 * Starting System V initialisation compatibility [ OK ]
 * Stopping Mount network filesystems [ OK ]
 * Starting SMB/CIFS File and Active Directory Server [ OK ]
 * Stopping cold plug devices [ OK ]
 * Stopping log initial device creation [ OK ]
 * Starting enable remaining boot-time encrypted block devices [ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device security [ OK ]
 * Starting configure virtual network devices [ OK ]
 * Stopping configure virtual network devices [ OK ]
 * Starting save udev log and update rules [ OK ]
 * Stopping save udev log and update rules [ OK ]
Skipping profile in /etc/apparmor.d/disable: usr.sbin.rsyslogd
 * Starting AppArmor profiles [ OK ]
 * Stopping System V initialisation compatibility [ OK ]
 * Starting System V runlevel compatibility [ OK ]
 * Starting ACPI daemon [ OK ]
 * Starting save kernel messages [ OK ]
 * Starting automatic crash report generation [ OK ]
 * Starting regular background program processing daemon [ OK ]
 * Starting deferred execution scheduler [ OK ]
 * Stopping save kernel messages [ OK ]
 * Starting CPU interrupts balancing daemon [ OK ]
 * Starting crash report submission daemon [ OK ]
 * Starting domain name service... bind9 [ OK ]


**[screen is terminating]**
**Server started on screen minecraft**
apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName
 * Starting web server apache2 [ OK ]
 * Stopping System V runlevel compatibility [ OK ]

It does execute the echo inside start, but it also says screen is terminating.

What is causing this problem here? I run Ubuntu Server, it seems screen is installed and working.

So new approach, using the upstart feature (or what I should call it). I kind of understood the runtimelevel things after some short googeling, and it should now start on one of the four runtimelevels i have set, or stop, on halt/reboot etc.

made /etc/init/bukkit.conf much like the one warlock made. All the # are added for commenting here, and are not on the actual script.

description     "Bukktiserver"
author          "jthanto@fixedyour.net"

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [016]

pre-start script
    echo " * Bukkitserver started"
    # I don't know if this does anything at all
end script

    exec sudo /home/phirephoenix/minecraft/bukkitserver/start_server.sh
    # Had to sudo, or else it would get permission denied. Any ideas?

Now I can start the server with typing sudo start bukkit, but it still does not run automaticly. bukkit is in my initctl list with bukkit stop/waiting (For everyone wondering bukkit is a minecraft server software.)

So. I use a .conf to make it a upstart service, want the script to run without me having to do anything (automaticly before any logon). Is there a problem with the actuall jarfile to be run is in my homefolder? I can't really remember if my homefolder is encrypted or not, but it might be. Could this be a problem? Will I have to use symlinks or something (if symlinks are almost like shortcuts, but they are not?)

What am I missing here?

Ps: I has also removed the screen startup thingy, with update-rc.d remove.

The solution I ended up using

I should not have relied on stuff in your encrypted homefolder for startup tasks, as this get mounted on logon.

I ended up using the upstart script I posted before. And moved the whole server application to /opt/minecraft/ and alter the script to that. Also removed the sudo as suggested. /opt/ is mounted for boot. I guess screen would work aswell, and I will look into it if I can't find a pleasant way to get into the minecraft server software console.

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You don't need sudo since you are already running as root. – Braiam Jan 21 '14 at 11:54
Still won't run at startup though. Now suddenly the process killed itself without me telling it to aswell.. :/ – PhirePhoenix Jan 21 '14 at 18:16
did you ever get upstart and screen working? – Phill Pafford Aug 30 '14 at 19:50
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I didn't remember screen having a daemon mode, apparently it does. Change the screen line for the following:

screen -dmS minecraft.start /home/phirephoenix/minecraft/bukkitserver/start_server.sh

The new parameter -dmS "Start as daemon: Screen session in detached mode.", which is the combination of -d -m and the -S that you are already using.

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So, i have changed this, and now my boot log seems to be happy, but still no active mc server. Trying to figure out if there is a active "screen" with this running, or where it should be running. But havn't found anything yet. Cause i would guess that the problem is the screen software now right? – PhirePhoenix Jan 19 '14 at 23:35
Now it might be the script actually. Seems like the script got broken somehow.. – PhirePhoenix Jan 20 '14 at 0:00
@PhirePhoenix if you run screen -dmS minecraft.start /home/phirephoenix/minecraft/bukkitserver/start_server.sh in a terminal, manually, does the desired effects happens? – Braiam Jan 20 '14 at 0:06
When I ran the command manually as you asked it does excactly what it is supposed to. It starts the minecraft server in the background and i can close my terminal windows without minecraftserver stopping. What am I missing here? :S (I fixed the .sh script by the way, so that should not be an issue anymore) – PhirePhoenix Jan 20 '14 at 0:16
@PhirePhoenix wait, how exactly doesn't work? – Braiam Jan 20 '14 at 0:42

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