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Old 03-06-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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init.d service start Question


I am trying to setup a new service under Fedora. I have done the following so far:

Created a file in /etc/rc.d/init.d named "viper"

Performed the required chkconfig --add myservice to have a symbolic link created in the rc2.d directory that points to my file in init.d

I am running into issues when I try to start the service and I know it is because of my init.d file. At the top of the file I did put the required chkconfig entry (2345 90 10).

So here is the big question. I am not sure what to put in the start () command to get my service to actually start. I know how to start it via command line but when I put this command in the start() area, it bombs with the following error:

Starting viper: execvp: No such file or directory

I know it must be something dumb I am doing but in the start() routine, here is how I am trying to start it:


start () {
echo -n $Starting $prog: "

# start daemon
daemon $DAEMON
if [ -f /usr/viper/bin/viper ]; then
[ $RETVAL = 0] && touch /var/lock/subsys/viper
touch /var/lock/subsys/viper
return $RETVAL



When I issue the command /usr/viper/bin/viper on any command line, my script will start but not with this.


Old 03-07-2005, 12:26 AM   #2
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few problems I notice
1) the viper program is not in the standard path. So probably you should declare DAEMON=/usr/viper/bin/viper
2) if you are using daemon then you need not check the existance of the executable and run it manually.
3) you make use of RETVAL but never initialize it. the statement after daemon should be RETVAL=$?

probably this is what you want.

start() {
echo -n $"Starting $prog: "
daemon $DAEMON
[ $RETVAL = 0] && touch /var/lock/subsys/viper
return $RETVAL

Last edited by zeropash; 03-07-2005 at 12:32 AM.
Old 03-20-2005, 08:23 PM   #3
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try putting it in "/etc/rc.d/rc.local", that is where the apache start script lives.


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