I have scoured the web and tried numerous solutions. Nothing has worked for me so far, hence this question.

I have a rails application that I run with mongrel_rails start -e production -p 80. That command has to be run from the directory of the application, in this case "/var/myapp".

This is the setup:


sleep 15;
cd /var/myapp/
mongrel_rails start -e production -p 80

I added this (sh /etc/mongrel.sh) before exit 0 in /etc/rc.local

The above does NOT work, but it does work when run manually sh /etc/mongrel.sh. I have also tried running this in a screen session using: screen -d -m *command*.

Any suggestions to get this working as desired? I need this application running after boot.

3 Answers 3


You can add your script in cron job.

To add the script in cron job follow the below steps

  1. Open terminal with root access.
  2. Run crontab -e this command will allow you to edit your cron.
  3. Add the line @reboot sh /etc/mongrel.sh

The above process will execute that script once your computer boots up.

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    I found a post suggesting the same. I have run crontab -e and added @reboot sh /etc/mongrel.sh to the file. Exited (automatically saved the file) and rebooted reboot, didn't help.
    – Ralph
    Feb 23, 2015 at 20:30
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    Can you check Syslog file and check is it have any information about mongrel.sh script? and also under which you are try to run the script?
    – vembutech
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:20
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    This is the output of cat /var/log/syslog.
    – Ralph
    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:01
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    Feb 24 08:50:57 vaatia-22-02-15 /usr/sbin/cron[1874]: (CRON) INFO (Running @reboot jobs)
    – Ralph
    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:02
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    Feb 24 08:50:57 vaatia-22-02-15 /USR/SBIN/CRON[1901]: (root) CMD (sh /etc/mongrel.sh)
    – Ralph
    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:03

Call /etc/mongrel.sh from /etc/rc.local. This script called rc.local is executed after all the normal system services are started, at the end of the process of switching to a multiuser runlevel, so you might use it to start your service,

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    Thank you for your answer but I don't think you read the question. The script is already being called from /etc/rc.local.
    – Ralph
    Feb 25, 2015 at 16:49

In rc.conf you have have to tell the system where sh is. So use:

/bin/bash/sh /etc/mongrel.sh

That will allow the system to run the script.

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