After a few weeks of trying out multiple live cds from a few different distributions, I have finally made the leap to Linux. I settled on a Lubuntu version for my aging desktop, an old Dell p4. Thanks to Lubuntu its running better than it did a decade ago, when it was brand new.
While exploring the world of Linux, I came across a wonderful little program named Conky, and instantly became quite fond of it. I spent the better part of this weekend learning how to configure it and finally settled on a layout that, one- I'm happy with and, two- I look forward to adding to and increasing it's functionality.
My only stumbling block comes with trying to have it start automatically on login. I have read a ton of posts regarding start-up methods and it seems almost none of them deal with my set up. I am running Lubuntu 11.10 in the default session, openbox-lxde.
I got as far as creating the following file and saving it as: /home/ajobim/.conky_start.sh
I made sure it is excutable by all users using:
sleep 20 && conky -c /home/ajobim/Conky/conky03
I am hoping what I have done this far is correct. I came across this thread:
chmod +x .conky_start.sh
But being very new to the Linux world, it makes very little sense to me and I was hoping someone here could help me out a bit. Mostly I need clearification with the last part:
I guess I'm not real clear on what a .desktop file is. Is it just a blank file named .desktop? Or is there something a file I should have and save it as .desktop? Also in the thread, the poster has the following code as his auto start config file:
Got it. With LXDE, you first have to make a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications then copy that file into home/username/.config/autostart The system seems to be picky about these two files so it takes a lot of messing around to get it right. Thanks for the help timgood
Is that supposed to be my .desktop file? Or do I need to create this file or any others somewhere else along the way?
Mostly, I'm pretty lost right now, but I am hopeful that I am on the right track. I appreciate any assistance in clearing this up.
As I said, I am very new to Linux and only got as far as file types, permissions, and basic command line interface, beginner's shell scripting tutorials and installation guides so far, so for any one that has any advice for me, type slowly and use small words please=)