I have several applications that weren't configured to start up automatically. I am trying to figure out a way for those services to start up automatically after a reboot.

Eg. This is one command used to start one of the applications, how do I make this into a cron job. I guess the first thing will be to stop the service after reboot then restart it.

sh /opt/activiti/tomcat/bin/./startup.sh & disown

sh /opt/activiti/nohup ./start-activiti.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 & disown

I once tried @reboot sh /opt/activiti/tomcat/bin/./startup.sh & disown which didn't work.

Any thoughts?

  • This is (almost surely) irrelevant to your problem, but you never need to say something/./another_thing; just say something/another_thing. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' May 2 '18 at 2:32
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    Cron is for scheduled tasks, not event-based tasks. Why aren't you configuring a systems service for your apps? – MikeA May 2 '18 at 4:42
  • I'm pretty sure you wouldn't need the & disown, since Tomcat daemonizes by itself, and if the Startup.sh has the x bit set, you don't need the sh either. – Ulrich Schwarz May 2 '18 at 5:44
  • Was this in the global crontab /etc/crontab or your user crontab? – Ulrich Schwarz May 2 '18 at 5:44
  • @MikeA the cicd guys didnt configure the application to start automatically after reboot. they are now gone and I am trying to be proactive to find other means of doing it – bonafideaf May 2 '18 at 15:27

I wrote a bash script with the start command & stop command, added it to the /etc/init.d dir then used chkconfig to set the run levels. Works like a charm.

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I suggest you try the following. It seems like the reboot directive you added to crontab was not correct:

@reboot sh /opt/activiti/tomcat/bin/./startup.sh & disown

Try changing it to:

@reboot /opt/activiti/tomcat/bin/startup.sh & disown

This will make the startup.sh file located in /opt/activiti/tomcat/bin execute using the program you give it at the top of the script. Meaning, if you type:


Inside your script, this will be the program that will execute the script.

Hope it helps

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