Run arbitrary commands at boot time?

Jerry Haltom wasabi at
Sat Mar 11 21:53:35 GMT 2006

man 7 crontab

Search for "@reboot".

On Sat, 2006-03-11 at 13:29 -0600, Rocco Stanzione wrote:
> On Saturday 11 March 2006 10:17, John Nilsson wrote:
> > > Well, my point is that letting the user easily modify what's happening
> > > during init, without him understanding what he's doing, can make the
> > > system unusable.
> >
> > And why should all of us who do understand what we are doing suffer
> > because some idiot may break his system? This is not something to design
> > by, make the system usable for the intended users.
> That's not how I would have put it, but I agree with the sentiment.  Surely 
> we're not deliberately making it difficult to do this because some people 
> might screw it up.  I've written init scripts, so my complaint isn't that 
> it's too difficult for me to run an arbitrary command at boot time.  My 
> complaint is that writing a proper init script, symlinking it to the 
> appropriate runlevels etc. is fairly drastic overkill for a lot of things I 
> might want to happen at boot time, and it wouldn't be difficult to provide a 
> simple solution for this.
> Rocco Stanzione

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