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I'm using upstart to manage a reverse SSH tunnel via autossh. When I do a "sudo start tunnel" the connection comes up just fine; however the command is not being automatically run when the networking services are started, and no matter what I change the "start on" property, I don't seem to be able to get this to run in an automated fashion.

However, like I said, I can start/stop it just fine.

Here's my /etc/init/tunnel.conf, with sensitive stuff stripped out:

description "SSH Tunnel"

start on started networking
stop on stopping networking

respawn

env DISPLAY=:0.0

exec autossh -nNT -R 22100:localhost:22 myuser@myserver.com -p 2201
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  • I guess I don't need the env property, either, that was just left over from the job I copied and modified. Jan 19, 2011 at 23:31

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Figured it out, I needed to wait for a specific device, here's my working Upstart job file:

description "SSH Tunnel"

start on (net-device-up IFACE=eth0)
stop on runlevel[016]

respawn

env DISPLAY=:0.0

exec autossh -nNT -o ServerAliveInterval=15 -R 22100:localhost:22 myuser@myserver.com -p 2201
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  • For multiple interfaces: start on (net-device-up IFACE=eth0 or net-device-up IFACE=wlan0).
    – kontextify
    Jul 9, 2018 at 19:26

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