Droplet - Start Spring Boot Web Server with ubuntu service not working

Hi Everyone, I am experiencing a problem about starting my Spring Boot Web Server within a Droplet (Ubuntu 22.04 x64).

I have copied:

  • jar file into /artifact folder (root/artifact);
  • service file into /etc/systemd/system folder;

When I use the command to start the service from droplet ssh session and I check the status, the system shows this information:

● webserver-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.service - Webserver 03motorsport Spring Boot Application
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/webserver-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: activating (auto-restart) (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2023-10-27 16:40:29 UTC; 396ms ago
    Process: 13162 ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -jar /artifact/webserver-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
   Main PID: 13162 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
        CPU: 1ms

The service remains in “activating” status, and my web server is not loading properly.

What I am doing wrong?

Thanks in advance for the help :)


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October 30, 2023

Heya, @55bafd6b3fba46cb9d8e7bb64ea488

You can start by checking the logs, to see the logs of your service, you can use journalctl:

  1. journalctl -u webserver-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT -e

The command will display the logs for your service and should help you diagnose the issue.

Hope that this helps!

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October 30, 2023


I can see the PID is with status FAILURE:

   Main PID: 13162 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

The error message indicates that your Spring Boot application is failing to start. The service keeps trying to restart the application, which is why you see it in the “activating” status.

Inspect the Service Logs: The first thing you’d want to do is to check the logs to understand why your application is failing to start. You can send them over here for further help as well.

Test Manually: Try running the JAR file directly to see if it provides any error messages:

/usr/bin/java -jar /artifact/webserver-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar

If there are any configuration issues or missing dependencies, running the application manually will often provide a more detailed error message.

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