so i want to autorun my python script after boot in a CLI boot however it seems that its giving me an error "Cannot connect to Xserver". My python script uses a camera i used crontab to autorun my python script.
If the GUI is already configured to run, you just need to set the DISPLAY environment variable in the script that launches your Python script.
If you're using
/etc/rc.local just add
export DISPLAY=:0. If you're using a .service file add
Environment=DISPLAY=:0 to the
[Service] section (see Raspberry Pi run commands on boot).
It might be helpful to make sure your script is starting as the same user as the GUI, in which case start
sudo -u pi python.
If your GUI isn't starting, you may need to enable it or install it first. For the former, run
sudo raspi-config and navigate through the "Boot Options" menu to the "Desktop / CLI" option, then select "Desktop" (see here). For the latter, use the
tasksel command and select Desktop Environment (How can I enable the GUI on the Debian "Squeeze" Image?).