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Old 10-21-2004, 09:27 PM   #1
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Symbolic links and programms on startup


Hello. I am trying to get a program to run when I start my computer. After reading some SuSE documentation, I figured out that I need to put in "symbolic link" to my application in /etc/init.d/rc5.d/. (Please correct me if I'm wrong, this is for SuSE 9.1 Professional). My problem is, I have no idea how to create a symbolic link. I know how to create a regular link (the type that can be put on the desktop, sort of like a windows shortcut), but I'm guessing that won't cut it here. Can anyone help me out please?

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Old 10-21-2004, 09:40 PM   #2
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You might try something like this:
Code:
ln -s /usr/bin/foo /etc/init.d/rc5.d/foo_link
Also try
Code:
man ln
for more info on the ln command

When linux boots up and goes to run level 5 (with X running), it will execute everything it finds in /etc/init.d/rc5.d/, but I'm not sure if you can be sure of the order in which it will be executed. This could be a problem if the program you want to run requires X, as it will complain about not being able to connect. If you want to run after you have logged into X, there is a directory in your home that has the same effect, but only after you log in. I don't use kde, not sure what it is right now.
Hope that helps.
 
Old 10-23-2004, 05:22 PM   #3
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Nope, that command didn't do it. It creaed a plan-text link, I need to create a sheel script link. Also, if you can tell me the name of that folder in /home/, I'd really appreceate it.

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Old 10-23-2004, 05:31 PM   #4
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Hello again.

I have found the folder in KDE that autostarts programs: /home/username/.kde/Autostart. That folder seemes to be empty right now. What do I put in there, regular links, "symbolic links", copies of programs, what? Help me out please.

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Old 10-23-2004, 09:46 PM   #5
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Well, for creating a shell script to launch your app, it would be in the format of
Code:
#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/myprogram
and then change the attribute of the newly created script to be executable. This would be done with a command similar to
Code:
chmod +x FileName
Now, of course, the '/usr/bin/myprogram' would be changed to the actuall name and location of what you are trying to execute (which can be found with the 'whereis' command),
and the 'FileName' would be the name of your newly created shell script.

As far as creating actuall links, which by all means should work, can be created using the format
Code:
ln SOURCE DESTINATION
for a 'hard' link (which only works on the same file system, not accross disks and partions) or with the format
Code:
ln -s SOURCE DESTINATION
for a symbolic link, which will work accross file systems and disk partions. Hope this helps, and if all else fails, you can always look
at the man files with 'man ln' , 'man bash' (for help on bash scripting), 'man chmod' for changing the exectuable attribute on a file, and 'man whereis' for
help on the whereis command.

Good luck
 
Old 10-24-2004, 02:28 PM   #6
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Okay, I fixed my problem by putting in simple links to applications in the Autostart folder. Thanks for your help.
 
  


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