Derby Startup Script

Posted on August 15th, 2008 in General,Linux System Administration by Brandon

I was surprised when installing Derby for a customer, that it only provided a command to start derby running as a server from the terminal. I guess most users likely used it in embedded mode where the application runs derby itself. But surely there are people who would like the multi-user features of having it run as a standalone server.

Google searches didn’t find any suitable startup scripts either, so I wrote my own and figured it might be useful for others. Anybody who is interested can download it here. Simply save it as /etc/init.d/derby and create a ‘derby’ user before using it. It assumes that derby is installed in /usr/local/derby, so be sure to modify the first few lines to match your exact configuration.

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  1. Clarence said,

    on August 28th, 2008 at 1:16 am


    I was searching for a solution to start derby on start up. I luckly saw your post. Thanks for the script. But, I have a problem in your script. when i start the Derby using

    /etc/init.d/derby start

    it says permission denied.

    I am running centOS as root. any suggestion please.


  2. Brandon said,

    on August 28th, 2008 at 7:44 am


    I missed mentioning that you have to make the script executable. Just run this command, then you should be able to execute it:

    chmod 755 /etc/init.d/derby


  3. Clarence said,

    on August 29th, 2008 at 10:24 am


    Your script always says that “Derby already running, can’t start it”

    I just changed the script to look for process started by user derby than checkin for derbyclient.jar.

    is there anyway I can use the same code or the changes i made is ok?


  4. Braden said,

    on November 7th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I found this useful.

    You saved me time as I did not have to write my own.

    Thank you!

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