Starting a program at boot

Jeff Simmons jsimmons at
Tue Nov 20 01:40:16 UTC 2007

Hello, Ubuntu users.

I need to start a program at boot time. The program has a -d switch that puts 
it into daemon mode, but Ubuntu won't let me run it as root.

init: security exit, root euid

Is there a way I can disable this, or, even better, start the program at boot 
(via rc.local, /etc/init.d, etc.) as a user other than root?

Jeff Simmons                                   jsimmons at
Simmons Consulting - Network Engineering, Administration, Security
"You guys, I don't hear any noise.  Are you sure you're doing it right?"
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