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I am trying to add to the auto start at boottime a linux service through the

chkconfig -add <servicename>

and I get a message saying

service <servicename> does not support chkconfig

I am using Red Hat Enterprise 4. The script I am trying to add to the autostart at boottime is the following:


soffice_start() {   if [ -x /opt/openoffice.org2.4/program/soffice ]; then
        echo "Starting Open Office as a Service"
        #echo " soffice -headless -accept=socket,port=8100;urp;StarOffice.ServiceManager
-headless -accept="socket,host=,port=8100;urp;StarOffice.ServiceManager"
-nofirststartwizard &   else
        echo "Error: Could not find the soffice program. Cannot Start SOffice."   fi }

soffice_stop() {   if [ -x /usr/bin/killall ]; then
        echo "Stopping Openoffice"
        /usr/bin/killall soffice 2> /dev/null   else
        echo "Eroor: Could not find killall.  Cannot Stop soffice."   fi }

case "$1" in  'start')    soffice_start    ;;  'stop')    soffice_stop    sleep 2    ;;  'restart')    soffice_stop    sleep 5  soffice_start    ;;  *)    if [ -x /usr/bin/basename ]; then
        echo "usage: '/usr/bin/basename $0' start| stop| restart"    else
        echo "usage: $0 start|stop|restart"    fi esac
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is your service in init.d/ – Rungano Jun 22 '09 at 15:12
Yes. It is on inet.d. Thanks for your question. – Geo Jun 22 '09 at 15:53
up vote 49 down vote accepted

The script must have 2 lines:

# chkconfig: <levels> <start> <stop>
# description: <some description>

for example:

# chkconfig: 345 99 01
# description: some startup script

345 - levels to configure
99 - startup order
01 - stop order

After you add the above headers you can run chkconfig --add

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The extra space on the second line was added by markdown, it is not needed – katriel Jun 22 '09 at 15:19
Thanks, those two lines did it! – Geo Jun 22 '09 at 16:10
Here is some more information on the Run Levels and other things. – Pred Aug 21 '14 at 21:00

While katriel has already answered this with the bare minimum needed to create an init script, I think you'd also be well served with looking at /etc/init.d/skeleton and using that as a template on which to base your init script. You'll end up with a much more consistent and readable script.

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Theoretically good advice, but /etc/init.d/skeleton is not present on RHEL systems, only on Debian and related (Ubuntu, I think). – Harlan Feb 18 '11 at 16:09

It sounds like Geo's specific problem has already been solved, but I ran into a similar message while trying to set up a Rails app with sidekiq as a managed service. I'll explain my solution here in case it helps any other newbies like me.

I'm working on a CentOS install, and chkconfig is already set up with several other services like httpd, mysql, and redis. Note that most services need only be enabled on runlevels 3 through 5.

chkconfig --list
> httpd             0:off   1:off   2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off
> mysqld            0:off   1:off   2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off
> redis-server      0:off   1:off   2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off
> (etc...)

I needed to add a new script for the sidekiq service, so I grabbed the script at, modified it to fit my app's parameters, and saved it at /etc/rc.d/init.d/sidekiq (owned by root like all the other scripts there).

However when I tried to register this new service, I got the chkconfig error:

sudo chkconfig --add sidekiq
> service sidekiq does not support chkconfig

After some extra reading I discovered that the priority numbers defined at the top of each chkconfig script must be unique. A clearer error message would have been nice! Another script had shutdown priority level 75, so I changed mine to 76 and tried again. Here's the head of my init script:

# sidekiq    Init script for Sidekiq
# chkconfig: 345 99 76
# processname: sidekiq
# pidfile: /var/www/visual_testing_tool/
# description: Starts and Stops Sidekiq message processor for the Rails app.

This time, sudo chkconfig --add sidekiq gave no complaint. Then when I ran sudo chkconfig --list sidekiq, the sidekiq service was shown as on for the appropriate runlevels.

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