Debian installation - no init script created


I installed Duplicati on a Debian box but it did not put an init script in /etc/init.d. Shouldn’t it have? I could write my own but would prefer to use one that came with the .deb package.


Are you using systemd ?
If so, there is no init.d script, instead there is a duplicati.service file:

You activate it with something like:

systemctl enable duplicati

How to install Duplicati on Debian Stretch

You might also find some useful examples in one of these posts - I know they’re about ReadyNAS installs, but it is Debian based and they do include init.d examples:


Nope I’m still using sysvinit. My Debian install is about 5 years old, but I am on testing so most stuff is modern, just haven’t switched to systemd.


Thanks for the links to those other threads! Will check them out.


Ok so I’m gonna start with something like this… saved as /etc/init.d/duplicati, chmod 755, update-rc.d duplicati defaults, yadda yadda.

(edit: removed script - see better one below)


I believe you can just use commands like enable, disable, start, and stop as described here:


Ok I enhanced this with the ability to stop the service. Also checks to see if the service is already running so it doesn’t attempt to start it again. Maybe this can help out some other people…

# Provides:          duplicati
# Required-Start:
# Required-Stop:
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      1
# Short-Description: Duplicati

DESC="Duplicati backup service"

# Use LSB
. /lib/lsb/init-functions

# If we don't have the basics, don't bother
test -x $DAEMON || exit 0
test -f $DEFAULT && . $DEFAULT        

    # Check if a given process pid's cmdline matches a given name
    [ -z "$pid" ] && return 1
    [ ! -d /proc/$pid ] &&  return 1
    cmd=`cat /proc/$pid/cmdline | tr "\000" "\n"|head -n 1 |cut -d : -f 1`
    # Is this the expected child?
    [ "$cmd" != "$name" ] &&  return 1
    return 0

# Check if the process is running looking at /proc
# (works for all users)
    # No pidfile, probably no daemon present
    [ ! -f "$PIDFILE" ] && return 1
    # Obtain the pid and check it against the binary name
    pid=`cat $PIDFILE`
    running_pid $pid $DAEMON_PROCESS || return 1
    return 0

case "$1" in
        log_daemon_msg "Starting $DESC" "$NAME"
        if running; then
            log_progress_msg "already running"
            log_end_msg 0
            exit 0
        rm -f $PIDFILE
        start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --background --make-pidfile --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $DAEMON -- $DAEMON_OPTS
        log_end_msg $?
        log_daemon_msg "Stopping $DESC" "$NAME"
        start-stop-daemon --stop --pidfile $PIDFILE
        log_end_msg $?
        $0 stop
        sleep 2
        $0 start
        echo "Usage: $N {start|stop|restart|force-reload}" >&2
        exit 1

exit 0


@drwtsn32 Would you mind if I include this script in the packages as an example?

You can add a “example script written by Rod” if you want.


Sure, go for it! No need to have my name on it anywhere…


Thanks for this script.
I would like to know your name to add it to the start script as a comment with the name of the author