View Full Version : [ubuntu] /etc/rc.local does not seem to run?

June 8th, 2008, 04:40 PM
I am running 8.04 server edition on a headless machine.

I have set my /etc/rc.local script to include:

sudo -u john screen -dmS hellanzb hellanzb

The rest of it is as it was on install, ie nothing really.

It will run if I just run in from a command prompt, but on reboot does not seem to do anything. I have chmod 777 /etc/rc.local but still nothing.

All I want to do is have my server running hellanzb at boot without having to login and start it.

I have read a number of posts about this and as far as I can understand, the above should work!

June 8th, 2008, 04:46 PM
If it's in rc.local (which is run with root priveledges anyway) I think the line should be

su - john -c screen -dmS hellanzb hellanzb

June 8th, 2008, 05:12 PM
No that did not work either.

I thought that I needed the -u switch to change the user?

I have also triedsaving the contents of my 'rc.local' as 'myscript' into
/etc/init.d/ , chmod 755 it and then running:

update-rc.d myscript defaults

but that did not work either.

June 8th, 2008, 05:20 PM
For BSD but should apply here too