I have a script called BOAT.py and it lives in /home/pi/.

I want to autostart it at boot and I did a lot of research about doing so. I found many ways but none of them work.

I tried writing sudo python BOAT.py in the /etc/rc.local, I created a launcher.sh script and added it in crontab -e, I created a desktop file and added it to the autostart folder in the .config file, and I tried writing to .bashrc (that one says unexpected end but) nothing works.

The script just has to start at login or boot.

Thanks for any help


The script runs if invoked from the terminal. In the /etc/rc.local I have this:

sudo python BOAT.py&

and in the crontab U have a script called launcher.sh. The launcher.sh file has this code:

cd /
cd /home/pi/BOAT.py   
  • can we see your code, crontab entry, directory permissions? does the script run if you invoke it from the command line? Aug 6 '14 at 11:33
  • Yes. The script runs if invoked from the terminal. In the /etc/rc.local I have this: sudo python BOAT.py& Aug 6 '14 at 11:40
  • in the crontab i have a script called launcher.sh The launcher.sh file has this code: cd / ##next line cd home/pi/BOAT.py ##next line cd/ Aug 6 '14 at 11:40
  • what is the actual line in the crontab entry? What are the permissions on the file aka the output of ls -la in the directory where the python file is located. shouldn't the second line of your launcher.sh code look like "sudo pyhton /home/BOAT.py?" Aug 6 '14 at 12:00
  • the permissions are set to read and write and the file is executable Aug 6 '14 at 12:01

Commands in the rc.local file are normally run as the root user anyway, so you don't really need the 'sudo' part of the command.

You may need to explicitly specify where your python interpreter is though, and you will certainly need the full path to your script.


which python

and use the result from that command to update your rc.local file. The example below assumes that the 'which python' command returned '/usr/bin/python'. The rc.local file will end up something like this

/usr/bin/python /home/pi/BOAT.py

If you need to redirect the output from your script, you can use a line like this

/usr/bin/python /home/pi/BOAT.py >/tmp/BOAT.out 2>/tmp/BOAT.err

Anything your script sends to sdtout will now be put in /tmp/BOAT.out, and any error messages generated by your script will be in /tmp/BOAT.err.

If you want to use cron instead, your launcher.sh script just needs to be a single line exactly as above.

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