I got a systemd service and I am still using Ubuntu 14.04 for various reasons. As you probably know ubuntu uses upstart and not systemd. Can you guys help me convert this systemd service to an upstart service ?

Description=Conan - dong sliders to MAX
After=syslog.target network.target


  • You can read the Getting Started provided by the upstart developer. This will help you for sure. – ckruczek Mar 1 '17 at 7:48
  • Also, as an aside, what with the early access and no dedicated linux server available yet this probably isn't the best time to try and set up an Exiles server. I've tried, and it kind of works, but things are sort of messy still. – Shadur Mar 1 '17 at 8:48
  • I thought 14.04 had sysVinit, too. So just copy /etc/init.d/skeleton to /etc/init.d/myjob and edit the start) and restart). Put /home/steam/exiles/start_conan.sh` in start) and stop;sleep 42;start in restart). Then run update-rc.d defaults myjob if I remember correctly. – Michael D. Mar 1 '17 at 8:54
  • @Shadur It's more or less testing. Nothing serious planned yet, but we have some ressources left on our server. Michael Thanks, will try that out – SaeSi Mar 1 '17 at 9:03
  • I strongly urge you to consider upgrading. 14.04 is no longer supported, so you will be facing many issues going forward. – terdon Mar 1 '17 at 9:15

As root:

  • Save the following text as /etc/init.d/conan.
  • Set executable flag chmod +x /etc/init.d/conan.
  • Try to run it: /etc/init.d/conan start
  • all good? add it to the runlevels update-rc.d conan defaults
#! /bin/sh
DESC="conan service"
DAEMON_ARGS="--options args"
. /lib/init/vars.sh
. /lib/lsb/init-functions
case "$1" in
    log_daemon_msg "Starting $DESC" "$NAME"
    export DISPLAY=:0
    export WINEARCH=win64
    export WINEPREFIX=/home/steam/.wine64
    xvfb-run --auto-servernu m--server-args='-screen 0 640x480x24:32' wine /home/steam/exiles/common/Conan/ConanSandboxServer.exe -log -QueryPort=27055 &
    log_daemon_msg "Stopping $DESC" "$NAME"
    wineserver -k
    #wineserver -k9
        [ $(pgrep -f wine | wc -l) -gt 0 ] && log_daemon_msg "is running" || log_daemon_msg "not running"
    sleep 2
    echo "Usage: $SCRIPTNAME {start|stop|status|restart}" >&2
    exit 3
  • Thanks for your help. One last question, how do I start this script in a new screen ? Sorry for all the "stupid" questions but the whole init thing is totally new for me. I was glad a few days ago to write a simple shell script but I cannot quite connect the dots yet :/ – SaeSi Mar 1 '17 at 11:51
  • Screen as in Terminal? gnu.org/software/screen/manual/screen.html – Michael D. Mar 1 '17 at 13:13
  • This might work, but it's not an Upstart script, it's a SysVinit script. – Mark Stosberg Mar 1 '17 at 13:50
  • @MarkStosberg yes, check 3rd comment below question. – Michael D. Mar 1 '17 at 13:56

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