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No actually IIRC boot.local is for mounting of local filesystems.
I can't say for sure (until I get home and check) but I think all you have to do is create the rc.local file make it executable and then add your commands to it. If not then look at the /etc/rc.d/skeleton file. That is a template file (LSB compliant) for adding your own initialization scripts to the bootup process.
I've got a related question. I launched a script from /etc/profile and the script enters an infinite loop and never returns. I can't figure out how to kill the script so that the login can finish and so I can go in and fix the script. Is there a way to boot and bypass /etc/profile ? or how can I terminate the script that's running?