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Old 12-31-2005, 07:21 AM   #1
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Running kismet as a background process

Hi all,

I have built a SBC system consisting of a wrapboard, Atheros-based mini-pci wlan card etc. It's running Voyage Linux which is a debian(sarge)-based distro. I have installed kismet and it runs fine. The logs and dump file is written on a smb share on another linux-system (my file server).

To run kismet I have to ssh into the SBC from another computer and then start kismet the usual way. The problem is that when I log out, kismet is shutting down. What I want to accomplish is to run kismet (kismet_server) as a background process which can run even when I'm not logged into the system. Is this possible ?

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Sure, and in quite a number of ways.

Probably the easiest way to run programs like this is to put a startup-script (there probably already is one...) in /etc/init.d, then select it as a service (daemon) to be started when the computer boots up. In fact, if you find that there is now an /etc/init.d/kismet file, there ought to be some kind of administrative control-panel that you can use to select it for automatic startup.

Many fundamental system services -- printing, mail, and so-on -- are provided in this way. You can find a lot of information about that starting in LinuxQuestions' wiki with articles like this one.
Old 01-04-2006, 04:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input.
I have to read through that article and get the hang of how the runlevels work. It's about time learning that :-)



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