[Solved] Running Cron job at reboot on Raspberry Pi in Debian(Wheezy) and Raspbian.

Hello Pi users,

After investing much time then expected to run a cron job at reboot in Rapbian. finally I am able to run the cron job at startup and able to execute the necessary commands at start-up.

It is quite Obvious that @reboot will run the cron job at start up but in Raspbian and Debian (wheezy) it is not the case.

@reboot does not works as expected and it is a bug in debaian you can read it here https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=635473

So here are the steps to for running cron job at reboot :-

  • log in to your pi using ssh

  • switch to root user using sudo bash

  • run the command crontab -e

  • put your command as @reboot bash /path/to/file/run.sh save it and get back on terminal

  • then start cron service by running /etc/init.d/cron start

  • then one additional step is to edit the /etc/rc.local file and add the following line in /etc/init.d/cron/start  be sure that it should before exit 0.

  • now reboot your system by command reboot

and now your cron job is started you can check it by command ps aux | grep cron

also you can check the log tail /var/log/syslog.

About Slash Rahul

A Passionate Software Engineer, Open-Source Enthusiastic.

Posted on 09/03/2014, in Technical and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Rommel Zapanta

    Hi, Thanks for the instruction. I am using RPi3/Raspbian and my cron is already automatically started because I have a job there that runs every hour and I don’t need to start the cron manually. Do I still need to put /etc/init.d/cron/start in /etc/rc.local file? Thanks for your help.


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