I like to respawn a service when the service goes down. I have added it to inittab however I cannot kill it when i need to.

Is there away i can respawn a service however be able to kill it manually when i need to.

thanks in advance

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    What version of Ubuntu are you running? – voretaq7 Nov 15 '12 at 21:57

Ubuntu has switched to Upstart for its init daemon, so the best way would be to make an Upstart job file in /etc/init/. Here's an example:

description "My important service"

start on filesystem or runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]


exec /usr/bin/mydaemon --some-args

If this file is saved as /etc/init/myjob.conf, it will create a job that starts at boot, respawns when it dies, and can be manually stopped (as root) with stop myjob, service myjob stop, or initctl stop myjob.

  • ...what if he's running a pre-upstart version of Ubuntu? :) – voretaq7 Nov 15 '12 at 21:57
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    @voretaq7 Then he should upgrade, because the last version that didn't have Upstart was 6.06LTS (dapper), which stopped being supported in 2009 (2011 for servers). – bonsaiviking Nov 16 '12 at 12:24
  • Prior to 10.04LTS (lucid), the Upstart directory was /etc/event.d/, but those versions are also no longer supported. Here's a handy resource for Ubuntu end-of-life dates. – bonsaiviking Nov 16 '12 at 12:33

Non-Upstart systems

Old-school use of /etc/inittab. http://unixhelp.ed.ac.uk/CGI/man-cgi?inittab+5

The basic format is


Upstart systems

Modern use of .conf files in /etc/init/: http://linux.die.net/man/5/init

The inittab method from above will still work.

  • For completeness, one of the most common init schemes is sysvinit, which consists of scripts in /etc/init.d/, symlinked from the appropriate /etc/rc[RUNLEVEL].d/, frequently configured with update-rc.d. – bonsaiviking Nov 16 '12 at 12:28

I have tried solutions presented in previous answers, but it didn't work for my version of Teamviewer 9. The only way how to stop teamviewerd from respawning was this:

killall -9 teamviewerd

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