I am booting my raspberry Pi to Terminal at the moment.

I have a script that I would like to run. The script looks like this run_gui.sh:

python /home/pi/1.py &

If I SSH into machine or if I just run run.sh from the terminal everything works fine. The program which is a full-screen QML (QT) application takes over the screen and then I can use the touch screen to navigate.

I would like to execute run.sh at startup, so I don't have to run it manually every time.

So I added have /home/pi/run.sh to /etc/rc.local When I reboot the system now, I can see that the script is indeed executed since the user interface gets shown, but for some strange reason, there is a cursor visible on the screen, if I use the mouse and click around everything still works but the touch screen is not responding anymore.

Is there any difference between running a script from terminal/SSH or placing it in /etc/rc.local

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    Yes, /etc/rc.local is not executed as a regular user, and runs earlier (perhaps before touchscreen drivers have time to start). Apr 10 '17 at 11:56
  • @DmitryGrigoryev, so from where should I start the application?
    – theAlse
    Apr 10 '17 at 12:10
  • For starters, try adding a delay to let your system more time to boot. Or you could boot to desktop and do what Jot suggested. Apr 10 '17 at 12:15
  • Do you use X11 or framebuffer? How about starting your app as a service? That's what I usually do with Qt applications I'd like to run all of the time. On a different system I could get rid of an unwanted cursor by systemctl disable getty@ttyS0
    – Philippos
    Apr 10 '17 at 14:21

To start a script or program in the desktop as a normal user (not as root), you can make a desktop file in the ~/.config/autostart folder: Adafruit: adding vncserver autostart

  • Note that the OP boots his raspberry Pi to Terminal. Apr 10 '17 at 11:59
  • I am booting to terminal not x. your solution would not work.
    – theAlse
    Apr 10 '17 at 12:09

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