[IPython-dev] Using upstart to start ipython notebook.

Jared Kibele jkibele at gmail.com
Sun Jul 14 22:01:21 EDT 2013

Hello again,

I found part of my problem (about 2 minutes after sending my previous
email). An earlier attempt at running a slightly different version of my
conf file resulted in the creation of another profile_nbserver directory.
That profile was being read instead of the one I intended. I deleted that
one, and then my conf file was able to start my notebook server and I was
able to connect.

I have a new (related?) problem now. When I connect, the IPython dashboard
looks different (no kernel tab) and none of my existing notebooks load.
When I create a new notebook, I'm unable to import scipy. My upstart log
file contains the following: "WARNING:root:Invalid cookie signature". Then
when I try to open the existing notebooks, it says: "WARNING:root:500 GET
(ipaddress.removed): Unreadable JSON notebook."

Can anyone help me out? Sorry about any extra confusion from my initial

On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM, Jared Kibele <jkibele at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I'm running iPython notebook on an Amazone EC2 instance. Everything works
> fine when I start ipython from ssh but when I close the ssh connection, the
> notebook server dies. It seems like it would be better to use upstart to
> manage the notebook server but I can't quite get it working. I think I'm
> having the problem mentioned here<http://python.6.x6.nabble.com/Notebook-doesn-t-load-profile-when-started-on-boot-td4976770.html>.
> I think upstart isn't starting as the correct user and therefore is failing
> to find my ipython profile. Here's my upstart conf:
> start on filesystem
> stop on runlevel [!2345]
> respawn
> exec sudo -u ubuntu -i ipython notebook --profile=nbserver
> --ipython-dir=/home/ubuntu
> This is my first time attempting to use upstart and I'm finding the
> documentation a bit overwhelming. Can anyone help set me straight and tell
> me what's wrong with my conf file?
> Thanks,
> Jared Kibele
> PhD Candidate
> Leigh Marine Lab
> University of Auckland
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