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I want to start a virtualbox virtual machine at startup in Lubuntu. I created my virtual machine, and in Lubuntu, in xterm, if I run

/usr/bin/VirtualBox --startvm vm1 --fullscreen

it starts the virtual machine no problem. So I made a VERY simple script, ( I'm embarrassed to say I made a script. That would suggest I know HOW to script, which I don't ) but anyhow, the "script" is  

!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/VirtualBox --startvm vm1 --fullscreen

and I saved it to

/home/myname/startup/start

and in xterm, I run

/home/myname/startup/start

and again, it starts and runs the virtual machine, no problems. So I read that if you put commands in

/etc/rc.local

above the exit 0 line, it will run the command at startup. I also saw that you need the '&' (without quotes ) after the command to make it run in the background so that Lubuntu can continue to load, and not wait for your command. I tried

/usr/bin/VirtualBox --startvm vm1 --fullscreen &

above the exit 0 line, which didn't work, and tried

/home/myname/startup/start

above the exit 0 line, and it still doesn't start the virtual machine.
Any ideas what I am doing wrong?
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Question by:JeffBeall
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by:Seth Simmons
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what linux distribution and version are we working with here?
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by:JeffBeall
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Lubuntu version 14.10 64 bit
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by:slubek
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How do you know that VM did not start?
Ampersand (&) at the end of the command means that process runs as daemon (in background), so it doesn' have console connected.
What is the output of
ps ax | grep Virtual

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by:JeffBeall
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ps ax | grep Virtual

yields

2064 pts/3   S+   0:00 grep --color=auto Virtual

and the word Virtual is red.
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slubek earned 2000 total points
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I don't know much about Lubuntu, but maybe you shuld use VBoxHeadless?
i.e.
$ VBoxHeadless -startvm "VMName"

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by:JeffBeall
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thank you.
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