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autostart bash script as root

asked 2014-01-16 22:36:00 +0300

jayki gravatar image

updated 2014-01-18 14:05:52 +0300

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Hey ;) Does somebody know how to autostart a bash script as root? If i put a .desktop in /etc/xdg/autostart which runs the script it only works as nemo user.. I search for a way to start my script as root, so that i don't need to start it every time i reboot in terminal... I need thsi, because bind mount only works as root :/ Thanks :)

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Did you consider creating a systemd service which would run your script?

strnous ( 2014-01-17 00:15:24 +0300 )edit

I'll try this in /lib/systemd

jayki ( 2014-01-17 01:10:51 +0300 )edit

@jayki It is not just placing your script in /lib/systemd which needs to be done. Please, see i.e. here and/or here

strnous ( 2014-01-17 09:01:22 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-02-25 23:59:45 +0300

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updated 2014-02-26 00:22:37 +0300

I wrote a simple service with a small explanation for another answer to another question in this forum. See here:


You can use it as an example or starting point for creating your own service file and starting your own shell script with root required commands. Perhaps it helps ...

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answered 2015-06-19 22:12:06 +0300

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updated 2015-06-19 22:16:05 +0300

Another way could be to use sudo.

  1. Install sudo (as root): pkcon install sudo
  2. Install some editor (as root), for example: pkcon install nano
  3. Open visudo with your editor (as root): EDITOR="nano" visudo
  4. Add a line like this: nemo ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /home/nemo/rootstart.sh
  5. Create the script /home/nemo/rootstart.sh(as root) and make it executable (chmod +x). This file will be executed as root later on.
  6. Create another script, like for example /home/nemo/autostart.sh with the following content:

# Add some code which should be executed as nemo here if you like...
echo "Gaining root rights..."

# Finally become root:
sudo /home/nemo/rootstart.sh

That's it. Now execute /home/nemo/autostart.sh however you like (directly, by /etc/xdg/autostart/something.desktop / as systemd user service / ...).

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Asked: 2014-01-16 22:36:00 +0300

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