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I want a script on my raspberry pi to run when the system boots. That's why I've created a script inside /etc/init.d that is linked in /etc/rc2.d

This is the script inside init.d:

#! /bin/sh
# Provides:          Scriptname
# Required-Start:
# Required-Stop:
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Kurze Beschreibung
# Description:       Bechreibung

#Switch case fuer den ersten Parameter
case "$1" in
        #Aktion wenn start aufgerufen wird

        #Aktion wenn stop aufgerufen wird
        echo "nope"

        #Aktion wenn restart aufgerufen wird
        echo "nope"
        #Default Aktion wenn start|stop|restart nicht passen
        echo "(start|stop|restart)"

exit 0

And this is the content of /home/thomas/applications/autostart/

#! /bin/sh
touch /home/thomas/kater

when i change the start command inside the script in /etc/init.d to the following lines, the touch command gets executed:

        #Aktion wenn start aufgerufen wird
        touch /home/thomas/kater

So why doesn't it execute the seperate script?

Thanks in advance, McFarlane

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Assuming what you have shown is exactly what you have, the script won't work because you have a formatting error. There should be no space between !# and /bin/sh in the shebang line:

touch /home/thomas/kater
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you are right. but even without the space the touch command is not beeing executed. – McFarlane Mar 2 '14 at 18:47
@McFarlane is the script executable? Please edit your question and add the output of ls -l /home/thomas/applications/autostart/ – terdon Mar 2 '14 at 18:49
the problem was indeed the wrong #!/bin/sh line. I had it wrong in two files that's why it didn't work the first time. – McFarlane Mar 4 '14 at 12:32

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