I've installed MythBuntu on a computer. MythTV doesn't support the Asus AI remote IR receiver so i searched for possible solutions. One of them was a Python script that acts as a bridge between a terminal window and and the focused application.

It needs to be executed by a regular user bjorn with root privileges (sudo) between the user logging on and MythTV getting loaded without asking for a password. So far i've tried putting python Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py, sudo Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py, sudo python Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py in /etc/rc.local


It should be executed after the user logs on, MythTV is launched automatically and receives focus hereby receiving the keystrokes generated from Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py

  • is rc.local executed before or after a user logging on to the system?

  • How should i safely execute the script with root privileges without asking the user for a password? (Keep in mind that the application must keep running in the background and the user -when needing additional privileges- still needs to be asked for a password.)

Script test:

After a user logs on, i started a terminal window and entered sudo python Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py. Everything runs fine once i have entered the right password and gave focus to MythTV.

It shouldn't terminate the script after 15 minutes and the user should still need to enter a password in order to get additional permissions.

Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


rc.local is run at system boot, so well before a user logs on.

You have two options for running the script. One is to use visudo(8) to set up the command to allow to be run, with a NOPASSWD: tag in the command entry, and then just use sudo to start the command, perhaps from /etc/profile and whatever other files are needed for whichever shells people might use. It might be as simple as dropping something in /etc/profile.d/ if that exists. Eg, if everyone who logs in will be in group video then when you run visudo you'd want a rule like:

%video  ALL=NOPASSWD: /path/to/Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py

and then you'd invoke with:

sudo /path/to/Linux_Asus_AI_remote.py

The other option is to use pam_exec to run a command after login while still root; it's cleaner but more dangerous because if you make mistakes you can hose your system and be unable to login. If you want to examine this, read up on the PAM modules and how authentication and authorisation work and look in /etc/pam.d/; also, think carefully about how you'll restrict this to only happen for appropriate users.

Whichever method you choose, you'll probably want to make sure that this does not happen if logging in as root, to reduce the gunk that's involved in letting the admin user get into the system.


you probably need to allow the script to be executed by changing the permissions to 755.

I did a quick google and found this: http://embraceubuntu.com/2005/09/07/adding-a-startup-script-to-be-run-at-bootup/

I am sure the principle is the same for a python script.

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