Run arbitrary commands at boot time?

Rocco Stanzione grasshopper at
Thu Mar 9 22:42:40 GMT 2006

Back in my Mandrake days we had a file, /etc/rc.local, where we could put 
arbitrary commands to be executed with root privileges at the end of the init 
stage, just before the login prompt or ?dm was presented.  A *very* 
frequently asked question on irc is where to put a script or command to run 
like this, and there doesn't seem to be a very good answer.  The most common 
answer is something like "I guess put it at the end 
of /etc/init.d/" but I don't think that's the ideal solution.  I 
see that /etc/rc.boot/ would get sourced with run-parts if it existed, but 
that looks to happen at a pretty early stage (by /etc/init.d/rcS) - before 
networking comes up, for example, so not necessarily as useful as it could 

Could that be moved closer to the end of the init process, or could we get 
something like /etc/rc.local?


Rocco Stanzione
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