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How to add an application to run as a service in Linux?

is there a script in /etc i should edit? What is recommended. Right now im running something in .profile but that's kind of not what i want.

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One way is to add it to your /etc/rc.local on Ubuntu. Varies on other distros but should be similar.

find /etc -name \*local\* -print
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Just in case: on Gentoo, /etc/conf.d/local.start to start a program and /etc/conf.d/local.stop to stop it (if necessary) –  David Z Sep 2 '10 at 17:26


This site says: "This script file is run once, before all other scripts have run but before the logon prompt appears."

If its a gui app you want launched then its probably specific to your desktop enviroment. Gnome under ubuntu has a "startup applications" tool under system/preferences

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I'd use cron. Most Linux machines will use Vixie cron, which has the meta time spec @reboot.

See http://linux.die.net/man/5/crontab and look for @reboot

Much easier than setting up stuff in /etc/, especially if you want it to run as you and not root.

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