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April 5th, 2010, 08:31 PM

I have set up a subversion server and on top of that redmine which is a webinterface sort of like trac.

For every boot I have to run a script so that redmine will listen to port 8080. I have tried to make the system run this script by it self at start using

# update-rc.d -f start_servers start 99 2 3 4 5 .
using this guide http://embraceubuntu.com/2005/09/07/adding-a-startup-script-to-be-run-at-bootup/

This is my script


# Go to redmine directory
cd /var/www/redmine/

sleep 1

# Start Redmine on port 8080
ruby script/server -e production -p 8080


-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 141 2010-04-05 21:12 /etc/init.d/start_servers

Please help me get this running!

ubuntu server 9.10 x86_64

April 5th, 2010, 09:34 PM
Try adding the contents of the script to /etc/init.d/rc.local. If the script runs as expected from terminal, it should run at boot if included as an entry in that file.

April 6th, 2010, 10:51 AM
Can I just add this part?

cd /var/www/redmine/
# Start Redmine on port 8080
ruby script/server -e production -p 8080

or should it integrate somehow with the script in the rc.local file?

April 6th, 2010, 02:50 PM
I think that's right, ie, you don't need the #!/bin/bash line, because if you look, it is already in the rc.local file.

You may still need the sleep line, depending on why it's there in the first place.

Try it out, it can't really do any harm, assuming the script, when run normally doesn't.