How to Run Any Specific Command or Script on Linux Startup

1. Using cron:

The cron method is convenient for running commands or scripts at startup. The @reboot directive in the crontab allows you to specify tasks to be run when the system starts.

Open the crontab file

crontab -e

Add the following line:

@reboot /path/to/your/

Save and exit the editor. This ensures that your script will run each time the system reboots.

2. Using rc.local:

The /etc/rc.local file is traditionally used to run commands at the end of the system boot process.

Open the rc.local file

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

Add your command or script just before the exit 0 line:


Save and exit. Make sure the file is executable:

sudo chmod +x /etc/rc.local

This method may not be available on all distributions, as some are moving away from using rc.local in favor of systemd.

3. Using systemd:

Systemd is a modern init system used by many Linux distributions. You can create a systemd service to execute your script at startup.

Create a new service file, for example, /etc/systemd/system/myscript.service:

Description=My Startup Script



Reload systemd and enable/start the service:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable myscript.service
sudo systemctl start myscript.service

This method provides more control and flexibility and is widely used in modern Linux distributions.

4. Using ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile (for user-specific commands):

If you want a command or script to run when a specific user logs in, you can add it to the ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile file.

Open the .bashrc file

nano ~/.bashrc

Add your command or script at the end of the file:


Save and exit the editor. This method is user-specific and will run the script when the user logs in.

Remember to replace /path/to/your/ with the actual path to your script or command in each case. The appropriate method may vary depending on your distribution and system configuration.

Install Red Hat Linux and Subscription Manager

1. Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

  • Obtain the RHEL installation ISO from the Red Hat Customer Portal.
  • Create a bootable USB drive or DVD from the ISO.
  • Boot the system from the USB drive or DVD.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to install RHEL, including configuring disk partitions, selecting software packages, and setting up user accounts.

2. Register and Enable Red Hat Subscription:

  • After installing RHEL, you need to register your system with Red Hat to enable access to software updates and support.
  • Open a terminal and run the following command to register your system:

subscription-manager register

  • Enter your Red Hat account credentials when prompted.

3. Attach a Subscription:

  • After registering, attach a subscription to your system. You can view available subscriptions with:

subscription-manager list –available

  • Attach a subscription with:

subscription-manager attach –pool=POOL_ID

  • Replace POOL_ID with the ID of the subscription you want to attach.

4. Enable Repositories:

  • Enable the necessary repositories for software updates and packages:

subscription-manager repos –enable=rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-rpms –enable=rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rpms

  • Adjust the repository names according to your RHEL version and architecture.

5. Check Subscription Status:

  • Verify the subscription status of your system:

subscription-manager status

  • Ensure that the status is “Current” to indicate that the system is subscribed and can receive updates.

6. Update Your System:

  • Update the system to install any available updates:

yum update

7. Configure Automatic Updates (Optional):

  • You can configure Subscription Manager to automatically apply updates:

subscription-manager config –rhsm.auto_enable_yum_plugins=1

8. Verify Installation:

  • Verify that your system is registered and receiving updates:

yum repolist

  • This command will show the repositories enabled and the packages available for installation.

By following these steps, you can install Red Hat Enterprise Linux and configure Subscription Manager to manage software updates and subscriptions for your system.