Linux 2.6 - man page for starting (linux section 7)
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starting - event signalling that a job is starting
starting JOB=JOB INSTANCE=INSTANCE [ENV]...
The starting event is generated by the Upstart init(8) daemon when a new instance of a job
begins starting. The JOB environment variable contains the job name, and the INSTANCE
environment variable contains the instance name which will be empty for single-instance
init(8) will wait for all services started by this event to be running, all tasks started
by this event to have finished and all jobs stopped by this event to be stopped before
allowing the job to continue starting.
This allows jobs to effectively insert themselves as dependencies of other jobs. The
event is typically combined with the stopped(7) event by services.
Job configuration files may use the export stanza to export environment variables from
their own environment into the starting event. See init(5) for more details.
A service that wishes to be running whenever another service would be running, started
before and stopped after it, might use:
start on starting apache
stop on stopped apache
A task that must be run before another task or service is started might use:
start on starting postgresql
started(7) stopping(7) stopped(7) init(5)
Upstart 2009-07-09 starting(7)
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