Starting a Process as a Non Root User on Startup under Linux

The following is a quick howto for when you want to fire up a process as a non-root user on boot under Linux:

Create a script, typically under /usr/bin with something similar to the following:


# invoke your process



Now, add an entry to /etc/rc.d/rc.local to invoke the command as the non-root user

su – [non-root-user] -c [path-to-shell-script]

Make sure that the exit command is the last thing in the shell script so that you will exit the su and rc.local will continue processing as the root user.

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