Add a custom service

From SME Server

Start at the boot time a custom service

If you want to start a custom service on the SME Server, you will have to follow some steps. The init script below is just a wrapper, a launcher that will start the real script which will do the job for you (see SCRIPT=<COMMAND> to give the path to your job script). Of course the init script is here only if you want to add a service by hand and thus not installed by a rpm.

In the case of you have installed a service which comes from a rpm, but without init scripts in the runlevel 7, you have to follow from this section

add a script to /etc/rc.d/init.d like the script below

nano /etc/rc.d/init.d/YOUR_SERVICE_NAME
# Provides: <NAME>
# Required-Start: $local_fs $network $named $time $syslog
# Required-Stop: $local_fs $network $named $time $syslog
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Description: <DESCRIPTION>



start() {
 if [ -f $PIDFILE ] && kill -0 $(cat $PIDFILE); then
echo 'Service already running' >&2
   return 1
echo 'Starting service…' >&2
 local CMD="$SCRIPT &> \"$LOGFILE\" & echo \$!"
 su -s /bin/sh $RUNAS -c "$CMD" > "$PIDFILE"

# Try with this command line instead of above if not workable
# su -c "$CMD" $RUNAS > "$PIDFILE"

 sleep 2
 PID=$(cat $PIDFILE)
   if pgrep -u $RUNAS -f $NAME > /dev/null
     echo "$NAME is now running, the PID is $PID"
     echo "Error! Could not start $NAME!"


stop() {
 if [ ! -f "$PIDFILE" ] || ! kill -0 $(cat "$PIDFILE"); then
echo 'Service not running' >&2
   return 1
echo 'Stopping service…' >&2
 kill -15 $(cat "$PIDFILE") && rm -f "$PIDFILE"
 echo 'Service stopped' >&2

 status() {
       printf "%-50s" "Checking $NAME..."
   if [ -f $PIDFILE ]; then
       PID=$(cat $PIDFILE)
           if [ -z "$(ps axf | grep ${PID} | grep -v grep)" ]; then
               printf "%s\n" "The process appears to be dead but pidfile still exists"
               echo "Running, the PID is $PID"
       printf "%s\n" "Service not running"

case "$1" in
   echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop|status|restart}"

you have to fill these fields with the relevant values

# Provides: <NAME>
# Description: <DESCRIPTION>
SCRIPT=<COMMAND> #path to the script you want to start automatically at boot
RUNAS=<USERNAME> #user who run the script (can be root or other choice)
NAME=<YOUR_SERVICE_NAME> #name of the service.

make that script executable

chmod u+x /etc/rc.d/init.d/YOUR_SERVICE_NAME

optional chkconfig

You need to say to SME Server to add the script to each run level you have specified at the top of your init script( Default-Start: 2 3 4 5 and Default-Stop: 0 1 6 ). For Linux using rpm as centos or redhat, you can use

chkconfig YOUR_SERVICE_NAME --add

You can set the levels where the initscript has to start

chkconfig YOUR_SERVICE_NAME --level 2345 on

If you want to see which runlevel your script will run in

chkconfig YOUR_SERVICE_NAME --list

example :

# chkconfig dhcp-dns --list
dhcp-dns       	0:arrêt	1:arrêt	2:marche	3:marche	4:marche	5:marche	6:arrêt

Important.png Note:
However it is not enough for SME server since we have to add service to rc7.d to say to our distro to start the service at boot, therefore let's go to the section below

allow a service to start for a particular time

If your package implements a server or daemon, you will probably want it to be started automatically when the system boots. The SME Server boots in runlevel 7, so you can get an idea of the startup processes by listing the contents of /etc/rc.d/rc7.d.

These are similar to the init scripts you may be familiar with from other Linux systems, with one important difference. Instead of pointing to scripts within /etc/rc.d/init.d, all of those init entries are links to /etc/rc.d/init.d/e-smith-service. This is a wrapper which checks the configuration database to see if the service is supposed to be running and if so, starts the service from /etc/rc.d/init.d/whatever.

So for example, you might have:

S90squid -> /etc/rc.d/init.d/e-smith-service

The e-smith-service script looks up the name it was invoked with (S90squid), drops the prefix (leaving squid), checks the configuration database for the "squid" service, then if it's supposed to run, does:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/squid start
  • with this way SME's knows how to/if start the service at startup
config set YOUR_SERVICE_NAME service status enabled
  • IF your init script is not ALREADY in etc/rc.d/init.d you can do a link to the init script
cd /etc/rc.d/init.d
ln -s /path/to/myinitscript YOUR_SERVICE_NAME

We are creating a symlink of the original startup script with a new name (the point is that YOUR_SERVICE_NAME must be identical to the service name above)

  • In /etc/rc7.d we do a link to the wrapper e-smith-service
cd /etc/rc7.d
ln -s  /etc/rc.d/init.d/e-smith-service SXXYOUR_SERVICE_NAME

we create a symlink to e-smith-service startup script with a name where: S tells SME to start XX are numbers

You can decide when to start the service YOUR_SERVICE_NAME, but you should not start something that need the network before the network itself is up and running. Therefore you can see the content of /etc/rc7.d and see which scripts are needed to execute your new startup script

signal-event remoteaccess-update
service YOUR_SERVICE_NAME start

Creating or deleting a service

Some examples

  • Creating and starting service
ln -f -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/e-smith-service /etc/rc7.d/S98popfile
/sbin/e-smith/db configuration set popfile service status enabled
/sbin/e-smith/signal-event remoteaccess-update
service popfile start
  • Deleting and unregistering service
service popfile stop
sleep 3
rm -f /etc/rc7.d/S98popfile
rm -f /etc/rc.d/init.d/popfile
/sbin/e-smith/config delete popfile
/sbin/e-smith/signal-event remoteaccess-update

Create a service with db command and set network access


Create a custom-named service definition in the configuration database.

db configuration set <servicename> service

Apply your desired firewall restrictions to any existing SME 'service' or to a custom-named service that you have created. Combine a custom-named service with port-forwarding to create customized firewall rules.

db configuration setprop <servicename> TCPPort <portnumber>
db configuration setprop <servicename> TCPPorts <portnumbers> # Ranges of ports are defined with a : not a -
db configuration setprop <servicename> UDPPort <portnumber>
db configuration setprop <servicename> UDPPorts <portnumbers> # Ranges of ports are defined with a : not a -
db configuration setprop <servicename> status enabled|disabled
db configuration setprop <servicename> access public|private|localhost
db configuration setprop <servicename> AllowHosts a.b.c.d,x.y.z.0/24
db configuration setprop <servicename> DenyHosts e.f.g.h,l.m.n.0/24

Effectuate the changes you have made

signal-event remoteaccess-update

General Service Handling

SME Server uses runit, a UNIX init scheme with service supervision. See the man page of the 'sv' command

All other linux common way to start or stop services are also valuable

/etc/init.d/servicename start/stop/status
service servicename start/stop/status
  • start
sv u /service/servicename
  • stop
sv d /service/servicename
  • restart
sv t /service/servicename
  • status
sv s /service/servicename
Information.png Tip:
you may use TAB to auto-complete your command line

you have some shortcuts

down => 'd',
stop => 'd',
up => 'u',
start => 'u',
restart => 't',
sigterm => 't',
adjust => 'h',
reload => 'h',
sighup => 'h',
sigusr1 => '1',
sigusr2 => '2',
once => 'o',
pause => 'p',
alarm => 'a',
interrupt => 'i',
quit => 'q',
kill => 'k',
exit => 'x',



sv t /service/httpd-e-smith