Starting Orthanc as a GNU/Linux daemon

“init” flavor

To install Orthanc as a GNU/Linux init daemon on a Debian/Ubuntu system, you can:

  1. Download this service script (this file is part of the official Debian package of Orthanc),

  2. Adapt some of its variables to reflect the configuration of your system,

  3. Copy it in /etc/init.d as root (the filename cannot contain dot, otherwise it is not executed), make it belong to root, and tag it as executable:

    $ sudo mv orthanc.init /etc/init.d/orthanc
    $ sudo chown root:root /etc/init.d/orthanc
    $ sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/orthanc
    
  4. If you wish the daemon to be automatically launched at boot time and stopped at shutdown:

    $ sudo update-rc.d orthanc defaults
    
  5. If you wish to remove the automatic launching at boot time later on:

    $ sudo update-rc.d -f orthanc remove
    

Note: You can use rcconf to easily monitor the services that are run at startup:

$ sudo apt-get install rcconf

“systemd” flavor

A sample systemd daemon for Orthanc can be found in the official Fedora package:

  1. Download the systemd script,

  2. Adapt some of its variables to reflect the configuration of your system,

  3. Copy it as /etc/systemd/system/orthanc.service,

  4. Start the daemon as follows:

    $ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
    $ sudo systemctl start orthanc.service
    
  5. To make this change permanent after a reboot, you can create a symbolic link as follows:

    $ sudo ln -s /etc/systemd/system/orthanc.service /etc/systemd/system/default.target.wants/
    

Other GNU/Linux distributions

The instructions above have been tested on Debian/Ubuntu/Fedora systems, but should work similarly on other GNU/Linux distributions.