The short method of installing Sickbeard on Ubuntu

So there is this rather lengthy install guide to install Sickbeard on Ubuntu.  I really don’t get why it is so wordy it doesn’t take 4 pages to explain how to do this fairly short install.  If you want the hand holding sure read through the guide but for those who just want to get on with it here is a quick synopsis of what needs to be done.

1. Download sickbeard from here.

2. Make directory for sickbeard files to live.

  sudo mkdir /opt/sickbeard/ 

2. Extract sickbeard to location

  sudo tar -C /opt/sickbeard/ -zxvf midgetspy-Sick-Beard-68c5fae.tar.gz

3. Move to your directory

  cd /opt/sickbeard

3. Copy upstart script to /etc/init.d/

  sudo cp init.ubuntu /etc/init.d/sickbeard

4. Modify your upstart script

  sudo nano /etc/init.d/sickbeard

a. Change APP_PATH to:


b. Change RUN_AS to:

    RUN_AS={your os username}

4. Set permissions to upstart script.

  sudo chmod a+x sickbeard

5. Update rc.d

  sudo update-rc.d sickbeard defaults

6. Start sickbeard

  sudo /etc/init.d/sickbeard start  

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2 Responses to “The short method of installing Sickbeard on Ubuntu”

frank August 10th, 2012 at 7:35 am

Thanks for the install guide. Everything went smoothly except when I go to start sickbeard in step 6 I get the following Unable to write PID file: Permission denied [13]” I have checked and rechecked each step of your guide any help would be appreciated.
Thank you

Luke Woodruff December 14th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

/etc/default/sickbeard not found using default settings.
Starting SickBeard
Unable to write PID file: Permission denied [13]

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