I am currently migrating from CentOS 5.5 to 6.4. Having fun converting /etc/inittab stuff to upstart. Ran into a lot of little problems but am getting the hang of it now. The best documentation I've found is for Ubuntu:


It was helpful with various upstart issues I ran into. The only problem is that some of the ubuntu items do not work with CentOS (Can't get logger function to work but found a way around that with 'exec >/dev/kmsg 2>&1').

Is there any CentOS specific documentation out there to help with upstart scripts? CentOS needs the same document that Ubuntu has..Argg!!

Since I'm new to upstart, I'm still not sure what the best practices are. The script below seems to work great too. Any comments on it are welcome..Thx!!

Here is a script that launches TTYs for modem dialin service to the server. It can launch TTYs for modems connected by USB,Serial,Network modem bank (Digi Port Server). It uses a file maintained by an admin to specify which ttys to launch :


start on stopped rc RUNLEVEL=[2345]

  # The following exec will send the data to the kernels ring buffer.
  # Once the syslog daemon starts, this data will be redirected to the
  # system log file. So, the echo below will be written out to
  # /var/log/messages. Helps out a ton when you need to debug these
  # scripts.
  exec >/dev/kmsg 2>&1
  while read line
    # Proccess /etc/ssi-init-ttys.conf lines without comments
    if [[ ! $line =~ $re ]]
      set $line
      echo "Starting TTY ($tty) ($identifier) using ssi-tty.conf"
      # Remember that Upstart runs every script section using /bin/sh -e.
      # This means that if any simple command fails, the shell will exit.
      # So, this is why || true is added to the start so if one of the
      # TTYs is already running (Which would normally cause an exit,
      # the loop will continue and start other TTYs without exiting.
      # Add || true to any system command that might return a code other
      # than 0.
      initctl start ssi-tty TTY=$tty IDENTIFIER=$identifier || true
  done </etc/ssi-init-ttys.conf
end script


stop on runlevel [S016]

respawn limit 5 10
# There's an automatic limit set to this: if a process is respawned more
# than 5 times within 10 seconds, it will be stopped and not restarted.
# Check /var/log/messages and /var/log/mgetty.log.<tty> for error messages
instance $TTY
  # Regex for serial and USB ttys
  # Check for USB or serial ttys which use the -D flag for mgetty 
  if [[ $TTY =~ $reg1 ]] || [[ $TTY =~ $reg2 ]]
    # Use -D flag with mgetty for ttyUSB and ttyS ports
  exec /sbin/mgetty $m_flg $TTY $IDENTIFIER
end script
usage 'ssi-tty TTY=ttyX IDENTIFIER=Z  - ttyX is the tty id and Z is the /etc/gettydefs identifier'


# Serial port TTY
ttyS0 9
# USB port tty
ttyUSB0 9
# Digi port tty
ttyA18 9

Note: 9 indicates the appropriate /etc/gettydefs identifier to use for the tty.

1 Answer 1


Don't fret over upstart, RHEL (and thus CentOS) is migrating to systemd for version 7. Even Ubuntu has decided to get rid of upstart (see this blog post by Mark Shuttleworth).

  • 1
    Interesting..Great info!! Thx!! For now, I'm stuck with it for a few years until we migrate to version 7.
    – GoinOff
    Mar 6, 2014 at 16:44
  • Perhaps systemd shows up as an add-on/alternative/preview before? Check out SC or EPEL, or even Rackspace's IUS.
    – vonbrand
    Mar 6, 2014 at 16:59
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    Upstart project is essentially dead: teksyndicate.com/forum/linux/…. RHEL7 (therefore CentOS 7) will be using systemd as will Debian and Ubuntu.
    – slm
    Mar 6, 2014 at 21:53

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