Install fails on Ubuntu 14.04 with latest open source Shiny



We recently moved our ShinyPro installation to a new server. On the old server I want to run open-source as a test bed and backup for failure. I did apt-get remove shiny-server and then followed the instructions for downloading the open source version. I copied the default shiny-server.conf file to /etc/shiny-server/shiny-server.conf.The server is running Ubuntu 14.04.5 I upgraded R to 3.4.2 and upgraded the shiny package. Then I downloaded the latest open source version the result is simply that the server fails to start.

meconk@nuex-shinypro:~$ sudo gdebi shiny-server-
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Building data structures... Done
Building data structures... Done

Shiny Server
Shiny Server is a server program from RStudio, Inc. that makes Shiny applications available over the web. Shiny is a web application framework for the R statistical computation language.
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y
Selecting previously unselected package shiny-server.
(Reading database ... 106810 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack shiny-server- ...
Unpacking shiny-server ( ...
Setting up shiny-server ( ...
User shiny already exists. Ensuring proper permissions on /home/shiny/.
Adding LANG to /etc/init/shiny-server.conf, setting to en_US.UTF-8
initctl: Job failed to start

How do I find the problem?


The obvious answer is look in /var/log/shiny-server.log (which I neglected to do before posting) There I see several leftover PRO ONLY directives. Once these are eliminated from the shiny-server.conf file it starts as directed.