Run python script at startup

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by Fezziwig » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:06 am
Although the title says python this isn't strictly about python so I though it might belong in this catagory.

I've followed many tutorials on how to do this now but none seemed to have done anything.
The way I'm currently trying is having a script in /etc/init.d/test

The script in that is as follows:
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#! /bin/sh
# /etc/init.d/test

# Provides:          noip
# Required-Start:    $remote_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop:     $remote_fs $syslog
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Simple script to start a program at boot
# Description:       A simple script which will start / stop a program a boot /$

# If you want a command to always run, put it here

# Carry out specific functions when asked to by the system
case "$1" in
    echo "Hello!"
    sleep 10s
    sudo python /home/pi/Desktop/Projects/
    echo "Bye!"
    sleep 10s
    killall python
    exit 1

exit 0

I put in the sleep commands so that I could definitely be sure it had run.
When I run the command:
sudo /etc/init.d/test start
Everything runs as expected with the 10 second pause and then it runs the python script.
When I reboot it just runs though all the normal lines of code(or what ever all the writing is) and goes to the desktop. Why might the script not be running?
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by azeam » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:32 am
Have you done this:
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sudo update-rc.d test defaults
You should also skip the sudo since that script will be run by root during boot
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by LetHopeItsSnowing » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:29 am
Make sure you have run update-rc.d, its this that registers your script to run at boot and shutdown.
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by Fezziwig » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:47 pm
I had done that, but it wasn't the problem. It turns out because in raspi-config I had set it up to go straight to desktop on boot, it skipped the script. Once I disabled that feature it worked perfect!

Thanks, for your replies.
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by nsweeting » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:49 pm
Anyone know how to run a python script BEFORE the raspi-config auto login/boot? Having trouble figuring that out.
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by dwelch67 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:56 pm
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by -rst- » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:17 pm
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