I'm running Kali Linux 2018.1 on a VM. I want to run a bunch of commands that I have stored in the file start.sh at startup. I know how to do this on a normal distro by going into /etc/rc.local, but that doesn't exist in Kali.

Here are some of the commands I want to run.

apt-get clean && apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y
/etc/init.d/nessusd start

Any suggestions?

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    Guys (and girls), not every question which mentions kali needs to be closed as a duplicate of that "kali - why won't people help me". This question is well defined, answerable, can help other people, and really isn't even kali specific.
    – phemmer
    Apr 20, 2018 at 2:33
  • I cant decide wether I prefer the method here. unix.stackexchange.com/questions/263331/… Apr 20, 2018 at 10:35

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You can add this script to /etc/crontab:

@reboot /path/to/your/start.sh

From man 5 crontab:

@reboot    :    Run once after reboot.
  • I'm in the file /etc/crontab. Do I add "@reboot/path/start.sh" to the end of the file and then add "@reboot : Run once after reboot" after that?
    – rockower
    Apr 20, 2018 at 0:19
  • Yes, add script in format that I've written. Apr 20, 2018 at 0:24
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    This is great-- I personally never knew crontab had support for scheduled tasks on reboot. Apr 20, 2018 at 2:50

Had the same problem, found a solution in a post elsewhere.


sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/rc-local.service

Then add the following content to it.

 Description=/etc/rc.local Compatibility

 ExecStart=/etc/rc.local start


Note: Starting with 16.10, Ubuntu doesn’t ship with /etc/rc.local file anymore. Same thing for other distributions like Kali. You can create the file by executing this command.

printf '%s\n' '#!/bin/bash' 'exit 0' | sudo tee -a /etc/rc.local

Then add execute permission to /etc/rc.local file.

sudo chmod +x /etc/rc.local

After that, enable the service on system boot:

sudo systemctl enable rc-local

Finally, start the service and check its status:

sudo systemctl start rc-local.service
sudo systemctl status rc-local.service

The complete post in https://www.linuxbabe.com/linux-server/how-to-enable-etcrc-local-with-systemd

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