To use the sm_service utility to install a service or start a service, you must have administrative privileges on the local host.

The syntax for the sm_service install command for a notification adapter is:

tBASEDIR/smarts/bin/sm_service install --force 
--name=<service_name> --startmode=<mode>
BASEDIR/smarts/bin/sm_notify --output[=<file>] [<param> ...] <notifier> s

The parameters for the sm_service install command are described in sm_service install parameters and descriptions.

The sm_service install command uses the same sm_notify parameters as previously described in the figure. The exception is the --daemon parameter which is not applicable for the sm_service utility.

Table 1. sm_service install parameters and descriptions




Overwrites an existing service with the same name. This parameter is used to update or modify the parameters of an existing service.


Display name of the service.


Service start policy. The value for <mode> is one of the following:

  • Runonce (start automatically when sm_serviced starts)

  • Automatic (starts automatically when sm_serviced does not detect that it is running)

  • Manual (requires an explicit start request)

  • Disable (cannot be started)

The default is runonce.


Short description of the service. Enclose the description with double quotation marks.

On UNIX platforms, the description information is printed with the name of the service when the sm_service show action is invoked.


Specifies environment variables. This parameter is required for the VMware Smarts Adapter for TIBCO Rendezvous. “Setting environment variables” on page 7-5 contains additional information on specifying TIBCO libraries.

A <NAME>=<VALUE> pair that will be placed in the process environment of the launched service. As many --env pairs as necessary can be specified.

The syntax <NAME>= (with no specified value) has the effect of unsetting <NAME> in the environment of the launched program.

The --env arguments are applied left to right as they appear on the command line, and this ordering is preserved in the database.