making a script start on debian

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Thu Feb 1 19:48:59 EST 2007

If you don't already have it create /etc/rc.d/rc.local with #!/bin/sh as 
first line and you could put the path to the script and name of the script 
along with any command line arguments on a single line in 
/etc/rc.d/rc.local then make rc.local executable chmod 755 
/etc/rc.d/rc.local and that way you don't have to mess with the way debian 
starts scripts in /etc/init.d.  If the rc.d directory isn't yet there you 
can create it with mkdir /etc/rc.d.  Installing certain packages from the 
debian repositories will get you an rc.local file too. To run an 
executable as a certain user, that user will have to log in.  In that case 
in the user's home directory edit .bashrc and put the scripts you want to 
run inside of that file. Binaries on the system if they're to be held 
separate from the upgrade process can be put into /usr/local/bin and then 
run from that directory.  The /usr/local/src directory is where you can 
unpack source code to build packages and keep it out of the root 

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