Comment 1 for bug 226503

I can confirm that rc.local is not running for me either. I'm using an HP Compaq 6510b, which apparently has problems with suspending under Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy. The suggested fix for this is to add "echo 1 > /proc/acpi/video/C098/DOS" to /etc/rc.local, which allows the laptop to suspend without hard-locking. However, on bootup, "cat /proc/acpi/video/C098/DOS" returns "DOS Setting: <4>". If I run "/etc/init.d/rc.local start", then "cat /proc/acpi/video/C098/DOS" will return "DOS Setting: <1>" afterward, so I know for certain that running rc.local manually does work.