I have an upstart script to create a service in RedHat 6:

env PLAY_BINARY=/usr/bin/play
env HOME=/opt/warda
env USER=root
env GROUP=root


    exec start-stop-daemon --start --exec $PLAY_BINARY --chuid $USER:$GROUP --chdir $HOME --start $HOME
end script

In Ubuntu everything goes right.

However in RedHat, when I launch sudo initctl start play, I get a successful feedback play start/running, but play doesn't run.

I think that the problem is that start-stop-daemon doesn't exist in RedHat.

How can I replace the exec start-stop-daemon... command?

  • 2
    Are you using RedHat 6 or RedHat 7? Aug 1, 2014 at 11:31
  • If you are using RedHat 7, it will be better to read the docs and create a systemd-unit
    – user34720
    Aug 1, 2014 at 11:36
  • I'm using RedHat6
    – RikyTres
    Aug 1, 2014 at 12:17
  • No one solution for RedHat6? :(
    – RikyTres
    Aug 5, 2014 at 13:24
  • for RHEL6 you will need to create and install a traditional sysV init script. Then you can user /etc/init.d/play stop/start or /sbin/service stop/start play etc. and /sbin/chkconfig play on/off to enable/disable it at boot time.
    – Bram
    Nov 21, 2014 at 17:40

1 Answer 1


You could try the daemonize command, which is available from the EPEL repository. It seems to do most of what you require here.

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