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January 21, 2012

UBUNTU rc.local not executing problem and its workaround

Filed under: Linux Related — Tags: , , , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 9:03 PM

Sometimes in ubuntu, rc.local does not execute , specially in fresh installation.
So if you encounter this issue , you can solve it by using two methods.
I have used these methods several time with success. Also make sure you command entries are above ‘exit 0‘ line
Also adding 10 seconds delay helps in few cases.


Method # 1 , By Using WEBMIN

Method # 2 , By Removing -e from /etc/rc.loacl file [and add 10 seconds delay]


Method # 1 , By Using WEBMIN

Install webmin from

After installati0n is done, open webmin and goto
Scroll down and and Click on rc.local
Select YES on Start at boot time?

As shown in the image below.

Method # 2 , By Removing -e from /etc/rc.loacl file

Edit rc.local file by

nano /etc/rc.local

at first line remove -e  for example

Change from

#!/bin/sh -e



Save & Exit, then Reboot and see, hopefully rc.local will execute on the boot.

Also adding following sleep 10 directive before any script in rc.local will help. e.g:

Example of rc.local


root@ahmad-desktop:~# cat /etc/rc.local
#!/bin/sh -e
# rc.local
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will “exit 0” on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
# By default this script does nothing.

# Add 10 seconds delay …

sleep 10

#Followign command will run my script for internet sharing etc / zaib

exit 0



Syed Jahanzaib

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