How to autostart Firefly (mt-daapd)?

According to the information on ‘ITunes - openSUSE’
(, I’m supposed to issue the commands


chkconfig --add mt-daapd
chkconfig --add mdnsd

to make sure Firefly Media Server starts at boot and


service mt-daapd start
service mdnsd start

to actually start them. Thing is, it gives me the error(s)


linux-fzcf:/home/ryan # chkconfig --add mt-daapd
mt-daapd: unknown service
linux-fzcf:/home/ryan # service mt-daapd start
service: no such service mt-daapd
linux-fzcf:/home/ryan # chkconfig --add mdnsd
mdnsd: unknown service

when I try those commands. So how do I automatically start mt-daapd?


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You need to write your own startup script for mt-daapd since there are
only rc scripts for Debian and Gentoo included.

Heres a step by step instruction on how I installed firefly on openSUSE

  1. Get the latest version of firefly here: ‘Firefly Media Server ::
    Download’ (

  2. untar the source and go to the directory using a terminal.

  3. Then run -./config- and install the required packages if it gives
    you errors and try again.

  4. run -make- and then -sudo make install-

  5. Next you have to create your config file, open the -mt-daapd.conf-
    in the -/contrib- directory and tailor it to your needs.
    Here’s an example from my config:
    > ## NOTE I had to change this from the default
    > “/usr/share/mt-daapd/admin-root” value.
    > web_root /usr/local/share/mt-daapd/admin-root
    > port 3689
    > admin_pw yourpassword
    > db_dir /var/cache/mt-daapd
    > mp3_dir /mymusic
    > servername Musicshare
    > playlist /etc/mt-daapd.playlist
    > extensions .mp3,.m4a,.m4p,.ogg,.flac
    > scan_type 1
    > compress 1
    You should also edit mt-daapd.playlist in the same directory to suit
    your needs.

  6. Next copy the config files over to -/etc- with
    “-sudo cp mt-daapd.conf /etc/mt-daapd.conf-” and
    “-sudo cp mt-daapd.playlist /etc-mt-daapd.playlist-”

  7. Here it gets a bit tricky, since there aren’t any startup scripts
    for openSUSE we need to create our own.
    You can download my startup script ‘here’
    ( or create a new file
    using your favorite text editor and copy/paste this: (I’m assuming that
    mt-daapd is located in “/usr/local/sbin/”, which was the default
    installation path for me
    . (NOTE that this is my first startup script
    and it might be a bit messy, but it works)):



chkconfig: 2345 85 15

description: mt-daapd is a multi-threaded DAAP server for iTunes

processname: mt-daapd

pidfile: /var/run/mt-daapd

source function library

. /etc/init.d/functions

-e /etc/daapd.conf ]

test -x /usr/local/sbin/mt-daapd || { echo “/usr/local/sbin/mt-daapd not installed”;
if “$1” = “stop” ]; then exit 0;
else exit 5; fi; }

. /etc/rc.status

Reset status of this service


case “$1” in
echo -n $"Starting DAAP server: "

Start daemon with startproc(8). If this fails

the return value is set appropriately by startproc.

/sbin/startproc /usr/local/sbin/mt-daapd

Remember status and be verbose

rc_status -v
echo -n $"Shutting down DAAP server: "

Stop daemon with killproc(8) and if this fails

killproc sets the return value according to LSB.

/sbin/killproc -TERM /usr/local/sbin/mt-daapd

Remember status and be verbose

rc_status -v

Stop the service and regardless of whether it was

running or not, start it again.

$0 stop
$0 start

Remember status and be quiet


echo -n "Checking for service DAAP server "

Check status with checkproc(8), if process is running

checkproc will return with exit status 0.

NOTE: checkproc returns LSB compliant status values.

/sbin/checkproc /usr/local/sbin/mt-daapd

NOTE: rc_status knows that we called this init script with

“status” option and adapts its messages accordingly.

rc_status -v
echo $“Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart|condrestart|status}”
exit 1


Next make sure that your file is “runnable”, that is “Is excecutable”
is checked in the properties menu on your file.

Then we need to move our startup script to -/etc/init.d-
“-sudo cp mt-daapd-opensuse /etc/init.d/mt-daapd-”

  1. Now that we’ve got our startup script we can start mt-daapd by
    “-sudo /etc/init.d/mt-daapd start-”.
    If we want mt-daapd to start automatically we can open up YAST ->
    System -> System Services (Runlevel)
    then select Expert mode and select mt-daapd from the list and click on
    the “Set/Reset” button and select “Enable Service”.

  2. Congratulations, unless something went wrong you mt-daapd should be
    up and running. You can confirm it by opening http://localhost:3689/ in
    your web browser, you should be greeted with the admin site of

  3. If you’re going to share your music you will probably have to
    adjust your firewall to allow traffic on port 3689.

  4. If you’re going to share your music over the internet you can use a
    ‘SSH Tunnel’ ( or
    ‘Rendevous Proxy’ ( If
    you’re fairly to moderately paranoid then I recommend SSH Tunneling.

I think that’s all of it. Good luck and Enjoy:P


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