Recently I found the need to create an init.d script and since I had a hard time finding an example elsewhere1, here’s the overly simple script I came up with to get the job done:

#!/bin/bash
# myapp daemon
# chkconfig: 345 20 80
# description: myapp daemon
# processname: myapp

DAEMON_PATH="/home/wes/Development/projects/myapp"

DAEMON=myapp
DAEMONOPTS="-my opts"

NAME=myapp
DESC="My daemon description"
PIDFILE=/var/run/$NAME.pid
SCRIPTNAME=/etc/init.d/$NAME

case "$1" in
start)
	printf "%-50s" "Starting $NAME..."
	cd $DAEMON_PATH
	PID=`$DAEMON $DAEMONOPTS > /dev/null 2>&1 & echo $!`
	#echo "Saving PID" $PID " to " $PIDFILE
        if [ -z $PID ]; then
            printf "%s\n" "Fail"
        else
            echo $PID > $PIDFILE
            printf "%s\n" "Ok"
        fi
;;
status)
        printf "%-50s" "Checking $NAME..."
        if [ -f $PIDFILE ]; then
            PID=`cat $PIDFILE`
            if [ -z "`ps axf | grep ${PID} | grep -v grep`" ]; then
                printf "%s\n" "Process dead but pidfile exists"
            else
                echo "Running"
            fi
        else
            printf "%s\n" "Service not running"
        fi
;;
stop)
        printf "%-50s" "Stopping $NAME"
            PID=`cat $PIDFILE`
            cd $DAEMON_PATH
        if [ -f $PIDFILE ]; then
            kill -HUP $PID
            printf "%s\n" "Ok"
            rm -f $PIDFILE
        else
            printf "%s\n" "pidfile not found"
        fi
;;

restart)
  	$0 stop
  	$0 start
;;

*)
        echo "Usage: $0 {status|start|stop|restart}"
        exit 1
esac

This script will work in /etc/init.d on Xubuntu 11.10 (so most Debian-based systems) and CentOS 5.5 and you can control it via chkconfig.

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  1. That said, if you know of such an example I’d love to hear from you. []
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