Ubuntu – haproxy doesn’t start


Installed a new Ubuntu 10.04 server and logging in as root I installed haproxy using apt-get.

I can run haproxy directly as a daemon but when I do /etc/init.d/haproxy start nothing happens.. not even an error message.

netstat -a shows nothing is using the http port I'm trying to balance with haproxy…



  1. I noticed that apt-get install haproxy says this in the end:

    update-rc.d: warning: /etc/init.d/haproxy missing LSB information
    update-rc.d: see http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts

  2. /etc/default/haproxy says ENABLED=1

Debugging Output for sh -xv /etc/init.d/haproxy start

# chkconfig: - 85 15
# description: HA-Proxy is a TCP/HTTP reverse proxy which is particularly suited \
#              for high availability environments.
# processname: haproxy
# config: /etc/haproxy.cfg
# pidfile: /var/run/haproxy.pid

# Source function library.
if [ -f /etc/init.d/functions ]; then
  . /etc/init.d/functions
elif [ -f /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions ] ; then
  . /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions
  exit 0
+ [ -f /etc/init.d/functions ]
+ [ -f /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions ]
+ exit 0

Best Answer

Edit /etc/default/haproxy and make sure it has a line that says ENABLED=1 in it.

The default is ENABLED=0. This is done because haproxy has no sane default configuration, so you need to first configure it, then enable it.

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