How to Run Scripts at Ubuntu Startup

Understanding how and which scripts start at boot with Ubuntu is a bit challenging. The transition from System-V init scripts to upstart jobs is not complete nor transparent. Until this whole process is clearer to the Linux administrator you will just have to learn how to work with what is available. There are three ways currently to run scripts at startup with Ubuntu.

1. System Upstart Jobs

The directory /etc/init.d has links to the Upstart script for applications converted to Upstart. These applications have completed the transformation to the upstart process. Note that only some of the applications in the /etc/init.d directory have been converted as this will be a process. As the list is reviewed it is clear that some applications lie vsftpd have upstart jobs while other applications that do start on boot do not have upstart jobs like apache2.


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