help with an init script

Eric Wong normalperson at
Thu Nov 10 06:20:14 EST 2011

Xavier Noria <fxn at> wrote:
> Hey, I have this pretty standard init script for Unicorn
> where
>    fxn at cohen:~$ ls -la /etc/init.d/unicorn_home
>    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 32 2011-11-09 23:45 /etc/init.d/unicorn_home
> -> /home/fxn/home/config/
>    fxn at cohen:~$ ls -la $HOME/.rvm/bin/ruby
>    -rwxrwxr-x 1 fxn sudo 265 2011-11-09 21:44 /home/fxn/.rvm/bin/ruby
> and $APP_ROOT/bin/unicorn_rails is a binstub created by bundler.

Is /home mounted later in the boot process than when the
unicorn init script fires?  unicorn should be one of the last things
to start if you're putting it in init.

> The init script works like a charm if I run it with sudo, but for some
> reason the service is not launched if the machine is rebooted.
> Do you know what could happen or how could I debug it? dmesg | grep
> unicorn prints nothing.

You could put the following near the top of the init script
(after "set -e"):

	# make sure the directory for this file is something that persists
	# throughout the boot process (isn't mounted-over by another dir):
	rm -f "$ERR"
	exec 2>> "$ERR"

	# ... rest of the script

All stderr output (before unicorn is started) will then go to whatever
you set ERR to.  If you got all the way to starting unicorn:
does the stderr log of unicorn have anything interesting? (please
configure stderr_path if you haven't already)

You can also add "set -x" to the init script and things will get
very verbose once you set it.

Can't think of much else on my sleep-deprived brain...

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