Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 974582
/etc/rc.d/rc.local not being run on boot
Last modified: 2014-02-05 16:49:41 EST
Description of problem:
On boot, /etc/rc.d/rc.local is not being run.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. create /etc/rc.d/rc.local; chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.local
2. put in above file some command that changes post-boot state. i.e. "echo 0 > /proc/sys/vm/swappiness"
4. cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
/proc/sys/vm/swappiness still has 60 in it
/proc/sys/vm/swappiness has 0 in it
Of course, you can change the above steps to any other method that proves to you that /etc/rc.d/rc.local is [not] being executed.
Does the script start with
(or something equivalent?)
What does 'systemctl status rc-local.service' say?
(In reply to Bill Nottingham from comment #1)
> Does the script start with
> (or something equivalent?)
It does now. :-/ I guess next boot will reveal whether that was the problem. I'm guessing it was.
(In reply to Bill Nottingham from comment #2)
> What does 'systemctl status rc-local.service' say?
rc-local.service - /etc/rc.d/rc.local Compatibility
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/rc-local.service; static)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2013-06-14 10:26:03 EDT; 2h 14min ago
Process: 1011 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/rc.local start (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)
Does that look like it would be caused by the lack of #!/bin/sh?
Maybe this could be avoided by having an empty, working /etc/rc.d/rc.local in place that one just needs to add one's commands to?
Yes, the exec error is 'exec format failed' - for it to run, it needs to be a valid shell script. (While this worked before systemd, it was a side-effect of it being started by a shell script instead of by the init daemon itself).
It's a bit of a tradeoff - if there's an empty one, it's run for everyone despite not being needed. If it's empty but set so it won't run (chmod -x), it still requires an admin action, it ends up showing up as an error when it's not one.
So yeah, this is working now.
(In reply to Bill Nottingham from comment #5)
> It's a bit of a tradeoff - if there's an empty one, it's run for everyone
> despite not being needed.
At negligible cost, compared to the cost of everyone having to spend the time to figure out and understand why/how it's different than it used to be.
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