Help With rc.d Script

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Thu Jun 11 02:03:27 UTC 2009

--On June 10, 2009 6:12:23 PM -0700 Drew Tomlinson 
<drew at> wrote:

> I installed a software named "urchin" on my FBSD 7.2 box.
> Unfortunately, it didn't come with an rc.d script to automate startup
> and shutdown.  And even more unfortunately, I can't seem to get my head
> around the concepts in "Practical rc.d scripting in BSD"
> (
> This is the command that starts the app:
> /usr/local/urchin/bin/urchinctl
> And here are the options:
> Usage: urchinctl [-v] [-h] [-e] [-s|-w] [-p port] action
>    where:
>       -v  prints out the version of urchinctl
>       -h  prints out this information
>       -e  activates encryption (SSL) in the webserver
>       -s  performs the action on the Urchin scheduler ONLY
>       -w  performs the action on the Urchin webserver ONLY
>       -p  specifies the port for the webserver to listen on
>       action is either: start, stop, restart, or status
>       start:   starts the webserver and scheduler
>       stop:    stops the webserver and scheduler
>       restart: stops and then starts the webserver and scheduler
>       status:  prints out whether the webserver and scheduler are running
>    By default, the action is performed on both the webserver and the
>    schedulers unless the -s or -w options are specified
> All I want to do is create a script within the rc.d framework that runs
> "/usr/local/urchin/bin/urchinctl start" when the system boots and
> "/usr/local/urchin/bin/urchinctl stop" when the system shuts down.
> Following the examples in the guide mentioned above, here is my attempt
> at that file:
># !/bin/sh
># PROVIDE: urchin
># KEYWORD: shutdown
># Add the following line to /etc/rc.conf to enable urchin:
># urchin_enable="YES" (bool):   Set to "NO" by default.
>#                               Set it to "YES" to enable urchin.
> . /etc/rc.subr
> name="urchin"
> rcvar=`set_rcvar`
> command="/usr/local/urchin/bin/urchinctl "
> eval "${rcvar}=\${${rcvar}:-'NO'}"
> load_rc_config $name
> run_rc_command "$1"
> I have also ensured that 'urchin_enable="YES"' is in /etc/rc.conf.
> However when I run the rc.d script, the urchinctl appears to run but
> doesn't like whatever arguments that are passed.  See this output:
> urchin# ./urchin-server start
> Starting urchin.
> Usage: urchinctl [-v] [-h] [-e] [-s|-w] [-p port] action
> <snipped rest of options already shown above>
> I'm sure I'm missing some simple concept.  I'd really appreciate a kick
> in the right direction.

Where is urchin located?  /usr/local/bin?  /usr/local/bin/urchin/bin?  Or 
somewhere else?  Is urchinctl a shell or perl script?

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