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I want Vagrant to start the Play server in the /vagrant/ folder every time I do vagrant up. Putting @reboot on the crontab doesn't work because the script runs before the /vagrant/ folder is connected.

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Instead of using crontab, have you tried using Upstart?

Vagrant emits a "vagrant-mounted" event when the shared folder is mounted, so you could create an upstart conf file, say /etc/init/play.conf, to run when that event is emitted:

description "Play server"
start on vagrant-mounted

pre-start script
    [ "$MOUNTPOINT" == "/vagrant" ] || stop
end script

... rest of config file for starting Play server ...
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Thanks! Not sure why I got the error /bin/sh: 1: [: =: unexpected operator, so I just uncommented that line. – wrongusername Jan 17 '14 at 17:13
Oops! I edited the post so that the syntax is correct. – billyw Jan 17 '14 at 17:30
Just the solution for my problem, Thanks – davidselo Apr 24 '14 at 7:16
Can start on vagrant-mounted MOUNTPOINT=/vagrant work as well? – ogc-nick Aug 26 '15 at 18:54
For my upstart script start on vagrant-mounted doesn't work for some reason. Don't know why and don't know how to debug it at all. – maectpo Jan 4 at 14:15

I found using a seperate vagrant provisioner with the option run : "always" a lot easier, eg:

config.vm.provision :shell, path: "", run: "always", privileged: false

See for full doc.

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Simple solution requiring no plugins. Thanks! – Martin Carney Jan 21 '15 at 18:49
This is by far the best solution! Thank you! – wulftone May 1 '15 at 23:16
The provided link doesn't say anything about "always". Maybe this was removed in an newer version. – Rafael Eyng Jan 26 at 21:10
@RafaelEyng the docs for it are at, search for "RUN ONCE OR ALWAYS" – dantiberian Jan 28 at 3:10

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