Sunday, September 14, 2014

Minecraft server upstart script

I see a lot of people running minecraft server in strange ways: nohup, bg & disown, tmux, screen, etc. The problem with those options is that they are all ephemeral. If you restart your server you'll need to do it all over again.

Here's a simple upstart script that starts and watches your minecraft server. It runs as a service and works for centos 6.5+ and ubuntu 12.04+

Once you create the file at /etc/init/minecraft.conf, simply run:

initctl reload-configuration
service minecraft <start|stop|status>

upstart script:
# Minecraft upstart script

start on (local-filesystems and net-device-up IFACE!=lo)
stop on [!12345]



exec java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.1.8.jar nogui

Logs for the server will be rotated by the server and are available at /var/log/upstart/minecraft.log


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  2. Hey Stephen Wood, thanks! I've been looking for a clean way to start this automatically on my VM.

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