Setup OAS Engine as a Linux Service or Daemon


Step 1

After downloading the Linux OAS Engine from the OAS Downloads page extract the contents of to any directory of the Linux operating system.  The default path in the oas-engine.service file uses /home/oasuser/OASEngine/.

You can now start the OASEngine manually from the terminal using ./OASEngine from the directory you extracted the files to.

Note: You can only run one instance of the OAS Engine per operating system.

Step 2

Once the OAS Engine is running you can open the Configure OAS from any Windows PC and enter the IP Address of the Linux system where the OAS Engine is running.


Configure to run as a Linux Service or Daemon

To configure the OAS Engine as a daemon so it can run when the system starts, and without a logged-in user implement the following steps.

Step 1

Ensure that you have systemd installed on your device by executing:

sudo apt-get install -y systemd

Step 2

Create a user under which the app will execute (choose a username and password):

sudo useradd -m username -p userpass

You can use an existing user, but keeping it separate from existing login accounts is advised, as you will be able to manage application permissions separate from any users on the system.

Step 3

Modify the oas-engine.service file located in the /daemon sub-directory (full path: /home/oasuser/OASEngine/daemon/oas-engine.service). 

Specify the ExecStart file path for OASEngine, the WorkingDirectory where the OASEngine is located, the User and Group.

This filename oas-engine.service can be anything you choose, but it will also be the name of the daemon, so choose a unique name. The configuration file should contain the following text. You can modify the “Description” and “SyslogIdentifier”, making sure the SyslogIdentifier matches the filename you choose.

Description=Open Automation Software Engine



Copy the file oas-engine.service to /etc/systemd/system. 

You can use the following command with the terminal if you need access permissions to copy to the directory.  Replace the source directory /home/oasuser/OASEngine/daemon/ with the directory where you have placed the OAS Engine.

sudo cp /home/oasuser/OASEngine/daemon/oas-engine.service /etc/systemd/system

Step 4

Navigate to /etc/systemd/system and register the daemon:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable oas-engine.service

The OAS Engine will now start anytime the operating system is restarted.

Step 5

Manually start the daemon using the systemctl command:

sudo systemctl start oas-engine.service

You can also start the daemon using the service command:

sudo service oas-engine start

Stopping the daemon is accomplished using the same commands, but replacing “start” with “stop”.

Step 6

You can confirm communications to your OAS Server by using the Configure OAS application on a Windows terminal.