Install Java application as a Linux service

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Post summary: Code snippet how to start Java application as a Linux service.

Code bellow can be found in GitHub sample-dropwizard-rest-stub repository in linux_service_file file. This post is related to Build a RESTful stub server with Dropwizard post. REST server build there is being setup to run as Linux service with code shown bellow.

Service snippet

This snippet can be used for other applications to be run as Linux service, not only Java.

#!/bin/bash

BASE_DIR=/var/dropwizard-rest-stub
START_COMMAND="java -jar $BASE_DIR/dropwizard-rest-stub.jar server $BASE_DIR/config.yml"
PID_FILE=$BASE_DIR/dropwizard-rest-stub.pid
LOG_DIR=$BASE_DIR/logs

start() {
  PID=`$START_COMMAND > $LOG_DIR/init.log 2>$LOG_DIR/init.error.log & echo $!`
}

case "$1" in
start)
    if [ -f $PID_FILE ]; then
        PID=`cat $PID_FILE`
        if [ -z "`ps axf | grep ${PID} | grep -v grep`" ]; then
            start
        else
            echo "Already running [$PID]"
            exit 0
        fi
    else
        start
    fi

    if [ -z $PID ]; then
        echo "Failed starting"
        exit 1
    else
        echo $PID > $PID_FILE
        echo "Started [$PID]"
        exit 0
    fi
;;
status)
    if [ -f $PID_FILE ]; then
        PID=`cat $PID_FILE`
        if [ -z "`ps axf | grep ${PID} | grep -v grep`" ]; then
            echo "Not running (process dead but PID file exists)"
            exit 1
        else
            echo "Running [$PID]"
            exit 0
        fi
    else
        echo "Not running"
        exit 0
    fi
;;
stop)
    if [ -f $PID_FILE ]; then
        PID=`cat $PID_FILE`
        if [ -z "`ps axf | grep ${PID} | grep -v grep`" ]; then
            echo "Not running (process dead but PID file exists)"
            rm -f $PID_FILE
            exit 1
        else
            PID=`cat $PID_FILE`
            kill -term $PID
            echo "Stopped [$PID]"
            rm -f $PID_FILE
            exit 0
        fi
    else
        echo "Not running (PID not found)"
        exit 0
    fi
;;
restart)
    $0 stop
    $0 start
;;
*)
    echo "Usage: $0 {status|start|stop|restart}"
    exit 0
esac

Install as a Linux service

In order to make it a Linux service following file has to be copied into /etc/init.d/ Linux folder with name that you want your service to be. If you want your service to be named service_name then you put same name as filename: /etc/init.d/service_name.

Nota bene: If you are creating the service and copying the file from Windows machine it has different new line endings (CR + LF) than Linux (LF). Also by default Git amends line endings on pull and push depending on the OS. If you receive message: env: /etc/init.d/service_name: No such file or directory then you have to replace CR+LF to LF only. This can be done with following command: sed -i -e ‘s/\r//g’ /etc/init.d/service_name.

Manage service

Assume you have named your file dropwizard then you manage your service with that name. Service has 4 commands: status, start, stop and restart. You start the service with service dropwizard start command. If you input something different that 4 options given above service will output its usage pattern.

Conclusion

In current post I have provided sample bash script that is used to install Java or any other application as a Linux service and then start, stop or restart it.

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