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Can a Perl script be started at system boot?

Can a Perl script be started at system boot (via the typical /sbin/rc3.d soft link, etc.)? This is Compaq UNIX. Or, does this require a log-in and env set-up to use the Perl bin? What about when dealing with a custom vendor shell script that starts a GUI app? I want it to auto-start at system re-boot. Normally, one would:
  1. boot
  2. log-in a UNIX account
  3. cd to dir containing script to launch app
  4. run script to start app

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  1. You can certainly start this from inittab. Here is the format you should follow:
    perlscript:3:respawn:/local/sbin/pearlscript

    Put in respawn if you want to make sure it comes back to life if it dies.

    Good luck!

    This was first published in July 2003

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