Ubuntu – Upstart job works only with manual start/stop


I have a very small upstart job in /etc/init/tsm.conf to start backup client after network starts. It works just ok if I start/stop it manually via service tsm start|stop|status. But service tsm enable says tsm: unrecognized service. So it doesn't start on boot automatically. sudo service --status-all also doesn't show it in the list of known jobs.

Here it is:

start on started networking
stop on stopped networking


dsmc schedule > /dev/null
end script

I run ubuntu 12.04.4. Upstart version is 1.5-0ubuntu7.2.
Could anybody help me? 🙂


Using initctl list and other initctl commands shows my job.

Best Answer

As of my experience you don't have to "enable" anything, just put the .conf in /etc/init and enjoy.

You can verify that the script does run by adding a line like this in the script:

echo "alive" > /alive_and_well

This will create file "alive_and_well" in your root dir if the script runs.

If it doesn't, the problem is most likely in the "start on" stanza. Here's what I use for such things (known to work):

start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE!=lo)
stop on runlevel [!2345]

Also shebangs in Upstart scripts are not supported, so "#!/bin/bash" is useless (AFAIK).

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