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Init script for minecraft/bukkit servers

A init script that apart form starting and stopping the server correctly also has some extra features for running a mincraft/craftbukkit server.


  • Utilization of ramdisk for world data, decreases lag when getting world chunks
  • Cleaning of server.log, a big log file slows down the server
  • Backup for worlds
  • Server updating and complete backup


screen, rsync

Access server console

screen -r minecraft

Exit the console

Ctrl+A D


  1. Symlink the minecraft file to /etc/init.d/minecraft, set the required premissions and update rc.d.

    sudo ln -s ~/minecraft-init/minecraft /etc/init.d/minecraft
    chmod 755  ~/minecraft-init/minecraft
    sudo update-rc.d minecraft defaults
  2. Edit the variables in config.example to your needs and rename it to config (leaving it in the same folder as the original minecraft script)

  3. Move your worlds to the folder specified by WORLDSTORAGE

  4. Edit crontab

    As the server user:

    crontab -e

    Add these lines:

    #m  h   dom mon dow command
    02  05  *   *   *   /etc/init.d/minecraft backup
    55  04  *   *   *   /etc/init.d/minecraft log-roll
    */30    *   *   *   *   /etc/init.d/minecraft to-disk
  5. To load a world from ramdisk run:

    /etc/init.d/minecraft ramdisk WORLDNAME

    to disable ramdisk, run the same command again.

For more help with the script, run

/etc/init.d/minecraft help

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Good stuff

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