How do I make a program start when linux does?

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Jrdgames, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Jrdgames

    Jrdgames New Member

    How do I make a program start with linux? Or can I?
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  2. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    In the directory /etc you'll find a bunch of sub directories starting with rc. The numbers represent the so called run level. Default runlevel may vary per Linux variant. There's also a /etc/rc.local file, that's where I add my local commands, if you need it executed for all run levels.

    E.g. runlevel 1 is single user mode, no network, no mounted filesystems, only console. Sort of emergency level. Nowadays nobody cares much about the runlevels, everything is started. In the rc<0-6>.d directories, there are README files with more info.
  3. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    well, if you are using a gui environment then you can add programs to autostart in gnome/kde/xfce... or you can save a session which will be restored upon reboot...

    If you don't have a gui - so if you're just using it as server - you'll need to add the program to the according runlevels.
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    On Ubuntu you must make sure that the init script of your program is in /etc/init.d, and that it is executable. Then you simply run
    update-rc.d [I]name_of_script[/I] defaults
  5. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    Now that's a trick I didn't know. Thanks for this pointer so I don't have to create all those stupid links myself anymore. I abused rc.local normally because I'm too lazy to do all the typing :p

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