My Play Framework Upstart script

Recently I had to create a upstart script for a Play application and this was the result of that. I put it here so I don’t have to start from scratch next time 🙂

########################################################################################################
#
#                                       Upstart Script
#
# Upstart script for a play application. Put this into a file like /etc/init/tankmin.conf
#
# This could be the foundation for pushing play apps to the server using something like git-deploy
# By calling service play stop in the restart command and play-start in the restart command.
#
# Usage:
#   sudo start myapp
#   sudo stop myapp
#   sudo restart myapp
#   sudo status myapp
#
#########################################################################################################
 
description "Upstart script for MyApp"
author "Niklas Ottosson"
version "1.0"
 
# Set environment variables
env HOME=/my/app/dir/
env LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 
# Start and stop runlevels
start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [06]
 
# Respawn parameters with limit: dies 3 times within 60 seconds
respawn
respawn limit 3 60
 
# Change directory to current version of Tankmin
chdir /my/app/dir/
 
# Delete any stray PIDs
pre-start script
  rm -f ${HOME}/RUNNING_PID
end script
 
# Upstart logging (/var/log/upstart/myapp.log)
console none
 
# TEST ENVIRONMENT (arguments here are what I'm using for this particular app - you should use what works best for your app)
exec bin/myapp -J-Xms256M -J-Xmx768m -J-server -Dhttp.port=80 -Dconfig.file=conf/application.conf -Dlogger.file=conf/application-logger_PROD.xml

Tested in a production environment on Ubuntu 14.04 and Play Framework 2.3

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