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Upstart script for Apache Solr

(Apologies for not sharing my technical thoughts for six months now!)

I was trying to figure out the best way to launch Apache Solr on Ubuntu - and was having issues finding a nice clean way to do it. I decided after some misc init scripts, that I should look at Upstart. Thankfully someone (mentioned below) already had a working script available to start from.


  • Solr will be running as user "solr" group "solr"
  • Solr's root where start.jar is located is /home/solr
  • This works well using Solr 4.3.1, Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS (precise)

Put this in /etc/init/solr.conf:

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]

kill timeout 30

setuid solr
setgid solr

   chdir /home/solr
   exec /usr/bin/java -jar start.jar
end script

Big thanks to Eric Wilson's blog for the initial script. I tweaked it for my specific user/group/location desires.

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