Autorun JBoss on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) Server

jbosslogoYou already have JBoss ready and operational. JBoss can be started through a command line or through a shell script that you have created; however, these steps are manual and an automated approach is desired. The goal is to automate JBoss as a service or daemon. There are many, many tutorials that are all over the internet that offer scripts that are incomplete or generally do not work. Even the script that may be found in jboss-4.2.3.GA.zip under bin as jboss_init_redhat.sh did not work for me. After working with several different scripts including the jboss_init_redhat.sh script, and making a few modifications of my own, I finally have a working jboss script.

In nearly all cases, the script did start JBoss, but would not stop JBoss. I still haven’t resolved starting this service as a user other than root. However, I did create a user jboss for future use.

In terminal or putty:
Create a username and password.

su -root
adduser jboss
passwd jboss

the startup script.

mv /root/Desktop/jboss.txt /etc/init.d/jboss
cd /etc/init.d
chmod a+x jboss
chkconfig --add jboss
/etc/init.d/jboss start

the jboss.txt or jboss service

#!/bin/sh
#
# $Id: jboss_init_redhat.sh 71029 2008-03-19 21:58:46Z dbhole 
#
# JBoss Control Script
#
# chkconfig: 345 80 20
# description: JBoss EJB Container
# 
#
# To use this script run it as root - it will switch to the specified user
#
# Here is a little (and extremely primitive) startup/shutdown script
# for RedHat systems. It assumes that JBoss lives in /usr/local/jboss,
# it's run by user 'jboss' and JDK binaries are in /usr/local/jdk/bin.
# All this can be changed in the script itself. 
#
# Either modify this script for your requirements or just ensure that
# the following variables are set correctly before calling the script.

#define where jboss is - this is the directory containing directories log, bin, conf etc
JBOSS_HOME=${JBOSS_HOME:-"/usr/lib/jboss/jboss-4.2.3.GA"}

#define the user under which jboss will run, or use 'RUNASIS' to run as the current user
JBOSS_USER=${JBOSS_USER:-""}

#make sure java is in your path
JAVAPTH=${JAVAPTH:-"/usr/java/default/bin"}

#configuration to use, usually one of 'minimal', 'default', 'all', 'production'
JBOSS_CONF=${JBOSS_CONF:-"all"}

#bind jboss services to a specific IP address - added by pmc
JBOSS_HOST=${JBOSS_HOST:-"192.168.1.10"}

#if JBOSS_HOST specified, use -b to bind jboss services to that address
JBOSS_BIND_ADDR=${JBOSS_HOST:+"-b $JBOSS_HOST"}

#define the script to use to start jboss
#JBOSSSH=${JBOSSSH:-"$JBOSS_HOME/bin/run.sh -c $JBOSS_CONF $JBOSS_BIND_ADDR"}
#jboss in a cluster use the following script
#JBOSSSH=${JBOSSSH:-"$JBOSS_HOME/bin/run.sh -c $JBOSS_CONF -Djboss.bind.address=$JBOSS_BIND_ADDR"}
JBOSSSH=${JBOSSSH:-"$JBOSS_HOME/bin/run.sh $JBOSS_BIND_ADDR $JBOSS_CONF"}

if [ "$JBOSS_USER" = "RUNASIS" ]; then
  SUBIT=""
else
  SUBIT="su - $JBOSS_USER -c "
fi

if [ -n "$JBOSS_CONSOLE" -a ! -d "$JBOSS_CONSOLE" ]; then
  # ensure the file exists
  touch $JBOSS_CONSOLE
  if [ ! -z "$SUBIT" ]; then
    chown $JBOSS_USER $JBOSS_CONSOLE
  fi 
fi

if [ -n "$JBOSS_CONSOLE" -a ! -f "$JBOSS_CONSOLE" ]; then
  echo "WARNING: location for saving console log invalid: $JBOSS_CONSOLE"
  echo "WARNING: ignoring it and using /dev/null"
  JBOSS_CONSOLE="/dev/null"
fi

#define what will be done with the console log
JBOSS_CONSOLE=${JBOSS_CONSOLE:-"/dev/null"}

JBOSS_CMD_START="cd $JBOSS_HOME/bin; $JBOSSSH"
JBOSS_CMD_STOP="$JBOSS_HOME/bin/shutdown.sh -S -s $JBOSS_HOST:1099"

if [ -z "`echo $PATH | grep $JAVAPTH`" ]; then
  export PATH=$PATH:$JAVAPTH
fi

if [ ! -d "$JBOSS_HOME" ]; then
  echo JBOSS_HOME does not exist as a valid directory : $JBOSS_HOME
  exit 1
fi

# echo JBOSS_CMD_START = $JBOSS_CMD_START

function procrunning() {
   procid=0
   JBOSSSCRIPT=$(echo $JBOSSSH | awk '{print $1}' | sed 's/\//\\//g')
   for procid in `/sbin/pidof -x "$JBOSSSCRIPT"`; do
       ps -fp $procid | grep "${JBOSSSH% *}" > /dev/null && pid=$procid
   done
}


stop() {
    pid=0
    procrunning
    if [ $pid = '0' ]; then
        echo -n -e "\nJBoss is not running\n"
        exit 1
    fi

    RETVAL=1

    # If process is still running

    # First, try to kill it nicely
    for id in `ps --ppid $pid | awk '{print $1}' | grep -v "^PID$"`; do
       if [ -z "$SUBIT" ]; then
           kill -15 $id
       else
           $SUBIT "kill -15 $id"
       fi
    done

    sleep=0
    while [ $sleep -lt 120 -a $RETVAL -eq 1 ]; do
        echo -n -e "\nwaiting for processes to stop";
        sleep 10
        sleep=`expr $sleep + 10`
        pid=0
        procrunning
        if [ $pid == '0' ]; then
            RETVAL=0
        fi
    done

    # Still not dead... kill it

    count=0
    pid=0
    procrunning

    if [ $RETVAL != 0 ] ; then
        echo -e "\nTimeout: Shutdown command was sent, but process is still running with PID $pid"
        exit 1
    fi

    echo
    exit 0
}

case "$1" in
start)
    echo JBOSS_CMD_START = $JBOSS_CMD_START
    cd $JBOSS_HOME/bin
    if [ -z "$SUBIT" ]; then
        eval $JBOSS_CMD_START >${JBOSS_CONSOLE} 2>&1 &
    else
        $SUBIT "$JBOSS_CMD_START >${JBOSS_CONSOLE} 2>&1 &" 
    fi
    ;;
stop)
    echo JBOSS_CMD_STOP = $JBOSS_CMD_STOP
    cd $JBOSS_HOME/bin
#    $SUBIT "$JBOSS_CMD_STOP"
    if [ -z "$SUBIT" ]; then
        eval $JBOSS_CMD_STOP >${JBOSS_CONSOLE} 2>&1 &
    else
        $SUBIT "$JBOSS_CMD_STOP >${JBOSS_CONSOLE} 2>&1 &" 
    fi
    stop
    ;;
restart)
    $0 stop
    $0 start
    ;;
*)
    echo "usage: $0 (start|stop|restart|help)"
esac

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