I am having a hard time adapting the init.d start up scripts I have found for Kibana on the internet.

I am experienced with RedHat/Centos but we have standardized on Suse Enterpise Linux here at work. So I need to port the init.d scripts I have been using to work with SLES.

I don't have access to the machine with the scripts, and they aren't throwing any errors; at least not any that I can figure out how to detect. But they also don't start up Kibana and keep it running.

I can start Kibana from the command line manually, but that won't work in a production environment. I would rather use the blessed kibana-daemon.rb script and a proper init.d script to kick that off.

I wanted to go ahead and reach out to see if anyone had a working script for SLES.

As soon as I get back to my other machine I will update this question with the specific scripts and any errors I can find.


In my experience, it is much easier to use mod_passenger and rely on the httpd init scripts, instead.

This is a working example from an older Kibana version, you might need to adapt it to your needs:

# vim:fdm=marker:syn=apache:ts=2
Listen 8080

<VirtualHost _default_:8080>
  ServerAdmin "sysadmin@company.com"
  ServerName "kibana.crapsteak.org"
  DocumentRoot "/opt/org/kibana/Kibana-x.y.z/public/"
  ErrorLog "|/usr/sbin/rotatelogs -f ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/kibana/error.log.%Y%m%d 86400"
  CustomLog "|/usr/sbin/rotatelogs -f ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/kibana/access.log.%Y%m%d 86400" logstash_json
  HostnameLookups Off
  UseCanonicalName Off
  ServerSignature On
  RackBaseURI /
  <Directory "/opt/org/kibana/Kibana-0.2.0/public">
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from 10.0.0 x.y.z.0/24
# }}}
  • I don't have Apache on this machine and Ruby is the one language out of all the mainstream languages that I know that I don't "do"; so I had not considered this. Good advice. – user35861 Sep 20 '13 at 15:54

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