Pidfile ends up in /tmp instead of /var/run

Morgan Wesström freebsd-questions at
Sat Aug 21 23:37:06 UTC 2010

On 2010-08-22 00:58, Morgan Wesström wrote:
> I'm trying to create an rc script for the first time following the guide
> in the handbook. The script works as expected except for the pidfile
> which is created in /tmp for some reason I can't figure out. The daemon
> I try to run is a Linux program if that matters. Any help to solve this
> would be appreciated. Here's the rc script:
> #!/bin/sh
> # PROVIDE: linuxdaemon
> # KEYWORD: shutdown
> linuxdaemon_enable="${linuxdaemon_enable-NO}"
> . /etc/rc.subr
> name="linuxdaemon"
> rcvar=`set_rcvar`
> command="/usr/local/bin/linuxdaemon"
> command_args="-c /usr/local/etc/linuxdaemon.conf > /dev/null 2>&1"
> load_rc_config $name
> pidfile="/var/run/"
> required_files="/usr/local/etc/linuxdaemon.conf"
> run_rc_command "$1"

Some additional info. Creating /compat/linux/tmp makes the pidfile move
there instead when I start the service. Creating /compat/linux/var/run
does _not_ make the pidfile appear there. I though for a brief moment
that I had to symlink /compat/linux/var/run to /var/run but that seems
to be the wrong solution. Still interested in some pointers while I
continue trying to solve this...

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