Alternative startup methods

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This page is for listing alternative methods for starting up the Diaspora service automatical or in some manner other than calling the ./script/start

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Init Scripts & Upstart

Sample /etc/diaspora.conf required by the init script is given below

export SERVERNAME=localhost
export ENVIRONMENT_URL=https://localhost
export RAILS_ENV=production
export DB=postgres

systemd

Example configuration for Debian based systems like Ubuntu 16.04 or Debian 9.0

This configuration is based on a forum post of Benjamin Neff [1]

cd /etc/systemd/system

Create the following files with you preferred text editor e.g. nano

diaspora.target

[Unit]
Description=Diaspora social network
Wants=postgresql.service
Wants=redis-server.service
After=redis-server.service
After=postgresql.service

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

diaspora-web.service

[Unit]
Description=Diaspora social network (unicorn)
PartOf=diaspora.target
StopWhenUnneeded=true

[Service]
User=diaspora
Environment=RAILS_ENV=production
WorkingDirectory=/home/diaspora/diaspora
PIDFile=/home/diaspora/diaspora/tmp/pids/web.pid
ExecStart=/bin/bash -lc "bin/bundle exec unicorn -c config/unicorn.rb -E production"
ExecReload=/bin/kill -USR2 $MAINPID
Restart=always

[Install]
WantedBy=diaspora.target

diaspora-sidekiq.service

[Unit]
Description=Diaspora social network (sidekiq)
PartOf=diaspora.target
StopWhenUnneeded=true

[Service]
User=diaspora
Environment=RAILS_ENV=production
WorkingDirectory=/home/diaspora/diaspora
ExecStart=/bin/bash -lc "bin/bundle exec sidekiq"
Restart=always

[Install]
WantedBy=diaspora.target

Now you have to enable all of them

systemctl enable diaspora.target diaspora-sidekiq.service diaspora-web.service

Start all services with

systemctl restart diaspora.target

You can check if unicorn and sidekiq work with

systemctl status diaspora-web.service
systemctl status diaspora-sidekiq.service

Hint: The path /lib/systemd/system/ is for unit-files installed from the system, you can create user-created units in /etc/systemd/system/. Both locations work.

Other sources

daemontools

god

Passenger

All you need is the following snippet of Apache configuration in e.g. a <VirtualHost> block:

DocumentRoot $diasporapath/public
PassengerAppRoot $diasporapath
PassengerAppEnv production
PassengerRuby $rubypath

Replace $diasporapath with the path where you installed diaspora*, and replace $rubypath with the Ruby binary Passenger should use (probably what RVM installed, if you use RVM).

Note, however, that this does not automatically start Sidekiq. You need to do that yourself.