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Old 02-24-2005, 03:49 PM   #1
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How do i have a program run at boot?

just wondering how i add startup items to the system. in specific Eff Tor i have to start it every time. I read somethings on boot script but that looks really hard

I've been googling for sometime now and haven't found anything :-(

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Old 02-24-2005, 04:11 PM   #2
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Are you talking about a program starting up in text mode?
Most programs that are designed for this automatically create a file in /etc/rc.d/init.d/<progname> (or similar) when you install them. You can link that to /etc/rc.<runlevel>/S##<progname> to make it start automatically.
In gentoo `rc-update add <progname> <runlevel>` does the trick. most other distros, AFAIK, have something easy like that.

Otherwise, you'd want to look at /etc/rc.d/boot.local or something similar to that and add the appropriate lines to run the program. Read the manpage for start-stop-daemon - although you don't have to use it to run your program, the sysadmin gods will smile upon you if you do.... I'm pretty sure.

Are you talking about a program starting up in Gnome?
Applications > Desktop Preferences > Advanced > Sessions > Startup Programs

Or are you talking about a program starting up in KDE?
Put a link to the prog you want to run in ~/.kde/Autostart

Last edited by CoolAJ86; 02-24-2005 at 04:19 PM.
Old 02-25-2005, 06:22 AM   #3
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I have a similar question.

How to run a program when a user login instead of a shell?
Old 02-25-2005, 06:50 AM   #4
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Originally posted by phil-rio
I have a similar question.

How to run a program when a user login instead of a shell?
You could put your commands in ~/.bashrc of the particular user, e.g. (assuming your user is "test")
if you add the following lines

#Start the program here (add '&' to send it to the background, else it would die
#with the exit
/path/to/your/binary/binary &
#logout again

to /home/test/.bashrc, you'd have the desired effect.

(assuming as well that bash is your shell; mechanism may be different for other shells)

Last edited by Marius2; 02-25-2005 at 06:52 AM.
Old 02-25-2005, 07:07 AM   #5
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Starting the program from .bashrc still leaves a shell available ( ie ctrl c )

So perhaps I could run the program from etc/passwd by replacing the shell string with a program?

just a thought as I want to run an interactive program ONLY then logoff as soon as the program is done with no chance to get to a shell.


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