Custom rc.local at build time

I'd like a custom rc.local in my build images i've read but unsure as to what/where the "buildroot" directory is. i've done

git clone
git checkout openwrt-19.07
./scripts/feeds update -a
./scripts/feeds install -a

The buildroot root dir means here the directory from which you run all the build commands.

The root of the cloned OpenWrt repo.

The one where you run all this:

git checkout openwrt-19.07
./scripts/feeds update -a
./scripts/feeds install -a

I have already tried creating it in the openwrt directory but that didn't work i.e


i will try it in


You are missing the files/

From wiki:

the correct place to put them is:

  • <buildroot>/files/

you want an image with a custom /etc/config/firewall or a custom etc/sysctl.conf, then create this files as:

  • <buildroot>/files/etc/config/firewall

  • <buildroot>/files/etc/sysctl.conf

E.g. if your <buildroot> is ~/source and you want some files to be copied into firmware image's /etc/config directory, the correct place to put them is ~/source/files/etc/config.


Great thanks everything I put in files/etc now gets added correctly except rc.local it's always the default one instead of my modified one.

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