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Old 01-11-2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Using Cron to start software on reboot

Could anyone give me step by step instructions to run an application on reboot of a server using Cron?
Old 01-11-2006, 12:26 PM   #2
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only use cron if you need to run something repeatedly on a schedule.

if you simply want to load a program on boot then you add the command to a file like rc.local (that is what is used on slackware, not sure for debian) ask in the debian area what file loads apps on boot.
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You don't want cron---read up on the various init and rc files---that is where you put things to start and stop on bootup.

For example, take a look at /etc/rc.d/rc5.d (or equivalent on your machine) You should see a whole bunch of filenames preceded by K or S.
Everything with a K is killed on entering the runlevel, and everything with S is started.

Search on this forum and on Google for more info on the startup process and the various initialization files.
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I looked into starting the application via init and cron and cron looked simpler
Apparently you can start things on reboot by using the @reboot option i just havent figured out why its not working as expected.


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