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I need to write a couple of Linux (Debian) startup scripts.

Are there any accurate templates available?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Just have a look at the scripts present in /etc/init.d/. Especially note the README file there. It also hints to this Debian Policy Manual section on init scripts.

Actually, what you're looking for might be /etc/init.d/skeleton:

# Short-Description: Example initscript
# Description:       This file should be used to construct scripts to be
#                    placed in /etc/init.d.
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