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I have an application binary configured to start on system startup by appropriately setting the inittab as follows:

pm:3:respawn:/usr/local/lr/active/system/active-package/bin/process_monitor &> /var/log/proc_mon.log

However, what I observe is that there is considerable delay in the process, 'process_monitor' getting started. It takes around 5 to 10 minutes for the start after system has become functional.

What could be the reason?

The system is RHEL 5.5. Kernel :

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Why not use the standard init scripts system to launch this process? –  Garrett Aug 14 '12 at 15:30
If not using initscripts, why not put it in rc.local instead of inittab? –  Chida Aug 14 '12 at 15:37
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