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ServiceCreator

Create init.d services at your Debian-based distribution easily with this automatic tool.

How it works

This tool will allow you to easily create init.d scripts (functions that will start on computer boot) on your Debian based distributions (such as Ubuntu, Raspbian, etc).

The functionality of this tool is simple: ask the user for some information about the service and create it with no more user interaction.

The tool works as follows:

  1. Ask for service folder if not found: the script will try to search "/etc/init.d/" folder. If not found, then will request user for giving a new folder where scripts are installed.

  2. Request a service name, which is necessary for installation. If the provided service name exists, a new name for the service will be asked (as there can not be two services with the same name).

  3. Ask for a command that will execute your service. At this option, you are able to load the command from a file (if the command you would like to add has multiple lines) If load option is chosen, the file will be modified and stored in "/usr/local/bin/" in order to be able to execute | see "Why root?"

  4. Request a short and a long description for the service. The installation and execution process needs, at least, a short description, and not necessary a long description. If you do not specify the long one, it will be a copy of the short description.

  5. Install and register the service into the system. For this process, the tool copies and registers the new script into the system, and enables it for running on boot.

If you want to know more about that services and process, see "Why root?"

How to install

You have some methods in order to install this tool (all need root access - get it by typing su or using sudo):

  • Using pip:

    If you only have Python 3 installed:

    pip install ServiceCreator
    # If "pip" not found:
    pip3 install ServiceCreator
    # If none of the above works:
    python3 -m pip install ServiceCreator 
    # If "python3" not present, try with "python"
    python -m pip install ServiceCreator

    If the above commands are not present on your system:

    apt-get install pip3
    # If Python 3 not installed
    apt-get install python3 pip3

    Then run the commands listed with pip

  • Using the setup.py method:

    • First, download the file:

      (Using wget and unzip):

      wget https://github.com/Javinator9889/ServiceCreator/archive/master.zip
      unzip master.zip
      cd master/

      If the above commands are not present on your system:

      apt-get install wget unzip

      (Using git):

      git clone https://github.com/Javinator9889/ServiceCreator.git
      cd ServiceCreator/

      If the above commands are not present on your system:

      apt-get install git
    • Then, install it to your system:

      python3 setup.py install
      # If the above does not work
      python setup.py install

      If commands not found, you must install Python 3 on your system:

      apt-get install python3

This will install the application and all its dependencies to your system.

How to update

As in the installation method, to update you have two options:

  1. If you installed via pip:

    pip install -U ServiceCreator
    # If "pip" not found:
    pip3 install -U ServiceCreator
    # If none of the above works:
    python3 -m pip -U install ServiceCreator 
    # If "python3" not present, try with "python"
    python -m pip -U install ServiceCreator
  2. If you installed via setup.py:

    First, you have to download the new version available following the steps described at the installation method.

    Then, what you have to do is:

    python setup.py install
    # If the above does not work
    python3 setup.py install

How to use it

Once the application is installed on your system, you will be able to run it by typing the following command:

service_creator 
# or with sudo
sudo service_creator

Why root?

This application requires root for the following commands:

  • In /usr/local/bin/ for creating an executable file. If not, you can create that file by yourself with:
    nano your_script.sh
    # Add your config here
    chmod +x your_script.sh
    sudo mv your_script.sh /usr/local/bin/your_script.sh    
  • In /etc/init.d/ for moving your created service and registering it for running on boot. To perform this manually:
    service_creator -e /home/YOUR_USER/your_script.sh
    # Create your service
    sudo mv /home/YOUR_USER/your_script.sh /etc/init.d/your_script.sh
    sudo update-rc.d your_script.sh defaults

Also you can give the application root permissions so it will be able to do that by itself.

I found an error or I want to contribute

I would love to see how my application grows up, so feel free to create your own version of this app. Just fork it and make all the changes you want 😄

Also if you want to add a new functionality or solve a bug, you are free to open a pull request so I can merge the changes you have done.

How can I help?

  • Feel free to follow me at GitHub 👥: I create a lot of projects and maybe you find someone interesting.
  • Start ⭐ this project if you find it helpful 😄
  • Share it with the people you think they will find interesting my job 🗣

License

This project is under GNU General Public License v3.0. You can read all permissions, limitations and conditions by clicking here

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