Install error with Ubuntu 14.04 and Shiny Server - Error "initctl: Job failed to start"

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I'm running into the same error with v1.5.9.923, but I don't see any "PRO ONLY directives". Any idea on what's going on? My error log:

$ sudo gdebi shiny-server-
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Reading state information... 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
(Reading database ... 32588 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack shiny-server- ...
Unpacking shiny-server ( over ( ...
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

System info

  • RStudio Edition: NA
  • RStudio Version: NA
  • OS Version: Ubuntu 16.04.6
  • R Version: 3.6.1 (2019-07-05)

This problem seems to be due to how the server admin set up the VM that I'm installing shiny server into. shiny-server --pidfile=/var/run/ seems to work, so I'm planning on just using that.

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