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Thread: Create USB that runs a program on boot

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    Create USB that runs a program on boot

    I thought using linux was the best way to do it. I want to create a specialized USB that does a simple thing like run a program or automated script I put on it when you boot into it. I don't want a GUI or anything like that, I just want to have it run in tty and restart. One example would be like a recovery tool that runs and does fsck and stuff like that, or one that recovers the password automatically. As if I were running autorun on windows on boot.

    How would I go about making something like that? I'm a programmer in C/C++, so I can handle complicated solutions. I thought I might have to make a custom linux distro.

    Thank you,
    Norcalli

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    Re: Create USB that runs a program on boot

    The complex way would be something like memtest86 does (source included)

    There are other ways to manipulate a Live USB too (check out this documentation, note, that it might be old/outdated)

    But mostly you will a kind of "init.d" solution if you google for it.
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