I'm trying to run a node.js script at boot using crontab.

Here's the command

/usr/local/bin/forever -c /usr/local/bin/node start /var/www/html/lights.js >/var/log/lights 2>&1 &

At reboot, the cron log says that the command was executed, but the lights log shows this

/usr/bin/env: node: No such file or directory

Running the command works, just not when cron runs it.

2 Answers 2


To start a linux deamon, server or app at boot is normally used a script in /etc/init.d.

Take a look at this script for starting node.js in Centos: https://gist.github.com/nariyu/1211413

After doing your own version of it with your file, you may "activate" it to run at boot with: chkconfig nodejs on After that you may also be able to use service nodejs start or service nodejs stop to start or stop it.


cron uses a very restrictive PATH by default. You'll need to either have cron run a script that changes PATH, or set PATH= in your crontab file. See this question and answer here for details.

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