I am just working on a QT GUI program which is the only program executed on a minimal system build by buildroot for a RaspberryPi Compute Module. But I think this should not matter.

My problem is that in my code I am executing shell scripts with QProcess, but when I run my program out of inittab I can't get any exit codes of the shell scripts. I know that they have been executed because I tried some mv and mkdir, and the folders existed afterwards. But they script does not return me the exit code.

" When I run my program out of init.d everything works perfectly. Only problem I have with this solution, is that I don't have root permissions, which I need for example for reboot command. " Edit

This above was wrong. I mentioned that i switched to inittab at the same time when i updated buildroot. So init.d does not work now either. So must be a problem with buildroot. Does anyone know how this can happen?

*Edit Here is what my inittab looks like:

# Startup the system
::sysinit:/bin/mount -t proc proc /proc
::sysinit:/bin/mount -o remount,rw /
::sysinit:/bin/mkdir -p /dev/pts
::sysinit:/bin/mkdir -p /dev/shm
::sysinit:/bin/mount -a
::sysinit:/bin/hostname -F /etc/hostname
# now run any rc scripts

# console tty1 autologin as root
#::respawn:/bin/login root tty1 </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1

#starting ziesel

# Put a getty on the serial port
#tty1::respawn:/sbin/getty -L  tty1 0 vt100 # GENERIC_SERIAL

# Stuff to do for the 3-finger salute

# Stuff to do before rebooting
::shutdown:/sbin/swapoff -a
::shutdown:/bin/umount -a -r

So as you can see I only start my ziesel program here, without any console. But when I don't comment out the line above, where I auto login as root, it does not work either.

I would be very very grateful for any suggestions.


At this point, I am not sure why QProcess behaves differently when the Qt program is started directly from inittab or from a init.d script.

However, what is sure is that starting your program from an init.d script will definitely start the program as root, contrary to what your question says.

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  • I also thought init.d should start as root. But when i try to process->start("reboot", QStringList << "now"); it returns permisssion denied. – LogiSch17 Feb 14 '17 at 11:09

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