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I have the following script, how do I run it on shutdown in Debian linux? (don't want to use GUI)

#!/bin/bash
vms=$(vmrun list | grep '/');
for vm in ${vms}
do
        echo 'suspending ' $vm
        vmrun suspend $vm soft
done

I tried adding it to /usr/local/bin with chmod +x permissions. Then I created symbolic links to rc0.d (shutdown) and rc6.d (reboot).

I then did update-rc.d shutdown_vms 0 6.

When I do shutdown -r now, it switches to console mode to restart - at that point I can see an error message stating shutdown_vms has failed.

I this the proper way to install the shutdown script and why is it failing (where do I look in the logs?)

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Does the script work correctly if you do sudo /etc/rc0.d/shutdown_vms stop ? Also, can you add an exit 0 to the end of the script. – Paul Dec 30 '11 at 22:33
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Please place your script into /etc/init.d/ and chmod +x it. Then execute following command:

    update-rc.d yourscript start 0 6 .

How it looks after command execution:

    ll /etc/rc0.d/*yoursc*
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Jun 23 21:09 /etc/rc0.d/K01yourscript -> ../init.d/yourscript
    ll /etc/rc6.d/*yoursc*
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Jun 23 21:09 /etc/rc6.d/K01yourscript -> ../init.d/yourscript
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can you update your answer with info using the symlink the OP is interested in ? – Jeremy W Jun 23 '12 at 1:51

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