I am trying to run the below command to run automatically on startup

upnpc -a `ifconfig eth0 | grep "inet addr" | cut -d : -f 2 | cut -d " " -f 1` 80 5900 TCP

I have added this command in /home/pi/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart as I wanted it to run for the user pi only.

but it is not working, as I can see the port forward doesnt appear in router page virtual servers , however if I run the above command manually from the shell of pi , it works and forwarded port appears in router page.

I followed this discussion regarding where to put.

  • If you are running a recent version of Raspbian there is an option in raspi-config to wait for network at boot. It slows the boot time very slightly. You can use the following command to get the menu sudo raspi-config. Having said that are you sure that is why it is failing? – Steve Robillard Sep 3 '16 at 8:57
  • well strange but I hardcoded internal ip of my server rather than greping and it worked. – Ciasto piekarz Sep 3 '16 at 9:53

You can make a systemd service for your program and enable it via systemctl.

First, create a file /etc/systemd/system/<name>.service on the Pi. (Be sure to replace <name> with a actual service name.)

sudo touch /etc/systemd/system/<name>.service

Write in this file with your favorite text editor (nano, etc):

Description=blah service



Replace yourcommand with the command you want to run. Then save the file and close the text editor.

Next, reload the daemon to make systemd recognize your service:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Then, we can make it run on boot now:

sudo systemctl enable <name>

(Again, make sure to replace <name> with the name of your service.)

Enjoy your start-on-boot command!

EDIT: didn't realize this post was that old actually. but anyways, either mark a answer as correct or state your solution in a answer and mark that so it doesn't show up on the front page

  • Systemd is loads better than init.rc scripts. Thanks for this guide. – acer Jan 4 '20 at 19:16

If you want to run the command as pi do su -l pi -c "put command inside quotation marks" instead of just doing it normally. So, for example, su -l pi -c "upnpc -a ifconfig eth0 | grep "inet addr" | cut -d : -f 2 | cut -d " " -f 1 80 5900 TCP".

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