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Old 11-02-2016, 12:55 PM   #1
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Autologin & Autostart bash scripts on Debian 8 Jessie (systemd) for server use

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I have a virtual machine that runs Debian 8, and I have configured it to not start X server and boot into a terminal window. So far we are good.

But, I have 3 game servers that I want to run on the same computer (mcserver, tf2server and an FTB minecraft server).

Since I didn't have terminal tabs like in a Desktop Environment, I decided to use tty2-tty4 to run each server independently (so I can quickly switch to each tty and access each server's console at will)

I can do this very easily manually, but since the host computer has frequent restarts I wanted to set it up so it auto logins to 4 seperate accounts on each tty1-4 (jason, mcserver, tf2server and ftbserver respectively) automatically and then runs the servers (all of which are bash scripts).

This is where I run into issues. I have tried tmux with multiple windows running seperate commands, I have tried modifying files in /etc/ and accidentally locked myself out and had to resort to GRUB rescue terminal, and I have tried writing many bash scripts and trying to get them to auto run but failed.

Maybe I don't even need to autologin to the 4 terminals like I want, but what I do want is:

I want run 3 different bash scripts (2 of which have a y/n prompt that I need make the computer automatically answer yes (the "y" on the prompt is already typed in, all that is needed is for ENTER to be pressed)) on tty2-tty4 every time I start my computer, and as a consequence I believe I need to login to 3 different accounts on tty2 through tty4.

Help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-02-2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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Try screen or similar...
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Try screen or similar...
Can an autostart behaviour be accomplished with tmux?
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I'll be honest, I am not familiar with how to autostart things on particular tty's, but thinking about your problem perhaps a tabbed terminal with four different ssh sessions into your server would be a more elegant solution? That way, you can just click on the various tabs to access the desired session, or you can even pull off tabs so you can view multiple sessions side-by-side.

Assuming the computer with the tabbed terminal doesn't have frequent reboots (why do you have frequent reboots?), you can set up each session with a command like:

ssh debianvm "mcserverscript"
After a reboot of the debian VM, you just press UP-ARROW and then ENTER in each of the tabs to reconnect and start the server scripts. If you want to get really fancy, you can set up a script on a loop which will automatically try and reconnect via ssh and run the script. In other words, the VM itself doesn't have any automation to start anything upon reboot. Rather, the computer with the tabbed terminal has scripts which will frequently attempt to reconnect and restart the scripts if the ssh session is disconnected.
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