I want to run a bash script at boot time in CentOS 6. I added the script in /etc/init.d/ directory but all these script are run by root. I want to run script for any user.

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You can add it to your crontab like this:

@reboot /bin/bash /dir/of/your/script

If you are not familiar with crontab, here you have some hints:

  • crontab -l lists current jobs scheduled.
  • crontab -e allows you to edit it.
  • i know how to edit crontab but when i edit using crontab -e it will create file for current user to /var/spool/cron/ if i have this line added in rpm package then it will create cron file for root because for installation purpose i have to login as root. – Vicky Apr 22 '13 at 11:25
  • You can use crontab -u <user> (and crontab -l/-e -u <user>) to set up crontab for other users. – fedorqui Apr 22 '13 at 11:32
  • awesome sir!!! this is the easiest way to autorun startup scripts. I had researched but all of them told that we need to config /etc/init.d/*** bla bla... to complicated!!! – Davuz Feb 23 '17 at 18:32

You can use su to drop root privileges by using the -c to run a command, like:

# su user -c whoami

If you want a specific script to drop privileges, then you can just call the script itself with su <user> -c <script> -magic-parameter where -magic-parameter tells the script to do what ever you want it to do as a non-root user.


First: It is not a programming question - better place is https://superuser.com/.

Second: You probably using a Linux - but it is better specify ;).

Third: Running scripts at boot time is very dangerous for the system security. Therefore here is a good reason for root-only scripts. So, if you have root access - use it (you're an sysadmin, right?), if you haven't access - it is probably better for you leave it as it is.. :)

If your question is about how to change the effective UID for some rc.d script, you can use something like:


export MYHOME=/path/to/somewhere

case $1 in
    start)   /bin/su <username> $MYHOME/bin/startup.sh ;;
    stop)    /bin/su <username> $MYHOME/bin/shutdown.sh ;;
             /bin/su <username> $MYHOME/bin/shutdown.sh
             /bin/su <username> $MYHOME/bin/startup.sh
exit 0

so, you can put your script anywhere and from the init-script will run it with su.

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