I have been experimenting with Phoenix Framework for building apps and I have been really impressed with it (stay on the lookout for future posts). One thing I wanted to do was deploy it to a box in production. I wanted the server to stay up and for it to startup when the server was rebooted. There was a few things that stumped me and I was very happy when I was able to work them all out. Here is my final configuration file:

[Unit] Description=hello_phoenix Service After=network.target [Service] Type=simple User=hello_phoenix RemainAfterExit=yes Environment=MIX_ENV=prod PORT=4000 WorkingDirectory=/var/www/hello_phoenix/ ExecStart=/var/www/hello_phoenix/rel/hello_phoenix/bin/hello_phoenix start ExecStop=/var/www/hello_phoenix/rel/hello_phoenix/bin/hello_phoenix stop Restart=on-failure TimeoutSec=300 [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target

The things that got me where User= and Environment=. Originally I was trying to use su and set the environment variables in the command. This is ignored. The other thing that also caused me all sorts of problems was that I needed to set RemainAfterExit=yes as the start script actually executes another script and I didnt want systemd to kill the server after it had just started it. Hopefully this helps someone that is in a similar situation or was interested in systemd.

This comprehensive guide on systemd, https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/understanding-systemd-units-and-unit-files was very helpful to solving this problem.

Originally published at kieranandrews.com.au.

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