I wanted to run my Dropbox daemon automatically at start-up. I did it via terminal, that is, I (1) moved it to /etc/init.d, (2) made it executable, and (3) ran sudo update-rc.d dropbox.sh defaults. So we have

$ ll /etc/init.d/dropbox.sh 
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 38 Aug 16 00:18 /etc/init.d/dropbox.sh*

$ cat /etc/init.d/dropbox.sh 
#! /bin/sh
~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &

$ ll ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd
-rwxr-xr-x 1 skrd skrd 258 Jun  6 03:03 /home/skrd/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

However, Dropbox does not run upon start up.

Note that, invoking /etc/init.d/dropbox.sh runs the dropbox daemon without hitch.

I know that Ubuntu has a GUI for this and I could easily just add the dropbox script there but I wonder why my terminal commands didn't do it? Isn't that more standard for Linux machines?

1 Answer 1


It may be a good way if you use insserv instead of sudo update-rc.d dropbox.sh defaults.

sudo insserv

From man insserv:

insserv  is a low level tool used by update-rc.d which enables an installed sys‐
tem init script (`boot script')

If you get the command not found error, you may fix by running the following command:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/insserv/insserv /sbin/insserv

See insserv -h for help.


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