ways to start a program on boot in raspberry

Summary: had tried to use crontab to run a script @ reboot.  was using root (by running sudo) to do that.  the problem that developed – I was also trying to run rclone to copy the files to onedrive, but rclone needed a config file that was only available to the pi user and didn’t see a config file for root.

ended up moving the @reboot crontab entry into the pi user’s crontab.


another option for starting something on boot : https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/linux/usage/rc-local.md

used crontab for latest project w/ timelapse camera


crontab troubleshooting: https://www.thegeekstuff.com/2012/07/crontab-log/

$ crontab -e
59 23 * * * /home/john/bin/backup.sh > /home/john/logs/backup.log 2>&1

In the above:

  • > /home/john/logs/backup.log indicates that the standard output of the backup.sh script will be redirected to the backup.log file.
  • 2>&1 indicates that the standard error (2>) is redirected to the same file descriptor that is pointed by standard output (&1).
  • So, both standard output and error will be redirected to /home/john/logs/backup.log


how to use su (switch user) vs sudo

when using su pi -c need to put in quotes


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