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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
    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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