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    Running the Terminal on startup

    Hello,

    I have begun to find I use the terminal more than anything else,
    As such I would like to just have it run upon startup,
    Saving me the time to have to open it every time I log on.

    I am running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
    And I found something promising under System > Preferences > Startup Applications
    However I was unable to figure out how to set it up using that tool.

    Can somebody please help me figure this out?

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Can you specify "gnome-terminal" as an application using the menu you mentioned?

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Go System > Preferences > Startup Applications
    Hit new
    Add some fancy name & comment (whichever you like)
    command: gnome-terminal

    Or whichever terminal you prefer.

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Quote Originally Posted by blueridgedog View Post
    Can you specify "gnome-terminal" as an application using the menu you mentioned?
    Yes that works for me!

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Worked like a charm

    At first I tried just browsing to the shortcut on the desktop...
    That didn't work very well
    By very well I mean at all

    Now I don't have to open terminal every time I log on

    Thanks everybody!

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    I'm not sure what System > Preferences > Startup Applications does (I'll have to try it right now) but you can also create the file .gnomerc in your home directory and add any commands you want into that file. Assuming it doesn't exist, you could just echo the command you want and redirect it into the file:

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    echo "gnome-terminal &" > ~/.gnomerc
    of course if the file already exists (or you don't want to redirect output) you can always edit it with your favorite editor, such as gedit and then put your commands in there:

    Code:
    gedit ~/.gnomerc
    I'm going to check right now but I wonder if the Startup Applications menu option just inserts stuff into .gnomerc for you.
    If all else fails, use fire.

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Weird...I don't even have an option called "Startup Applications" on my System -> Preferences menu. It's not under System -> Administration either. I'll just stick with manually editing my .gnomerc I guess...
    If all else fails, use fire.

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Hey thanks gamblor01,
    Although the Startup Applications worked for me,
    I honestly prefer to do things through a terminal

    I tried opening the file and I found it,
    So next time I need to add a startup program
    I'll try your method
    Thanks!

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Hey gablor01,
    what version of Ubuntu are you running?

    I'm using 9.04, if you're profile is accurate (8.10)
    Then I think the same thing is located at
    System > Preferences > Sessions
    And then there's a tab for Startup Programs.

    If you're interested in the graphical version, that is,
    Though what you're doing should work fine

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    Re: Running the Terminal on startup

    Quote Originally Posted by gamblor01 View Post
    Weird...I don't even have an option called "Startup Applications" on my System -> Preferences menu. It's not under System -> Administration either. I'll just stick with manually editing my .gnomerc I guess...
    But it's there by default, atleast it's in jaunty and I'm pretty sure it was in previous ones as well. :O

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