HP-UX 10.20/11.0


HP-UX 10.20/11.0

On HP-UX 10.20 and up, you do not modify the startup shell script.  Instead, you need to create a number of files. The HP-UX documentation states that the following characters cannot be used as part of the file names: [.,~#]. Otherwise, you can choose any name for these files, as long as the names are consistent throughout the process. In our example, we use qedit_server.

You first need to create a control file in /etc/rc.config.d.  This file sets a control variable that will be checked by the startup script. If the control variable is set to 1, the server will start; if it is not equal to 1, the server will not start.  We will use QEDIT_SERVER as our variable name.  The /etc/rc.config.d/qedit_server control file will now contain the following:

# ****** File:  /etc/rc.config.d/qedit_server ******

# Qedit for Windows server configuration.


# QEDIT_SERVER:    Set to 1 to start

#                  Qedit for Windows server



Next, you need a shell script that will actually start the server. You can copy a template of the shell script from /sbin/init.d/template.

cd /sbin/init.d

cp template qedit_server

Modify the file so that it contains the necessary commands to start the server. You have to change all occurrences of CONTROL_VARIABLE to the variable name you used in the control file (i.e., QEDIT_SERVER).

You also need the execute command for the server program.  Insert this command (underlined below) in the section after the 'start') string. The section looks like this:



      # source the system configuration variables

      if [ -f /etc/rc.config ] ; then

              . /etc/rc.config


         echo "ERROR: /etc/rc.config defaults file MISSING"



      # Check to see if this script is allowed to run...

      if [ "$QEDIT_SERVER" != 1 ]; then




      # Execute the commands to start your subsystem

         /opt/robelle/bin/qedit -d



Finally, you need a symbolic link to specify when the script in /sbin/init.d will be executed at boot time. Typically, you would start the server as the last step at run level 3.  Get a list of all the startup files in /sbin/rc3.d with

ls /sbin/rc3.d/S*

Link names in this directory follow a set of conventions. The names start with the letter S or K. S links are startup scripts; K links are shutdown or "kill" scripts.  The next three characters in the name represent an execution sequence number. This number must be 3 digits, and its value should be a number greater than the highest value on the ls listing.  For example, if the last link is called S100nfs.server, you could use S111qedit_server.  Create the symbolic link with

ln -s /sbin/init.d/qedit_server /sbin/rc3.d/S111qedit_server

For the time being, you do not need a "kill" link.