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    Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    I've been trying to add conky and xscreensaver to my list of startup applications via the GUI. It appears to fairly straightforward:

    startup_apps_screenshot_20200727.png

    However, after selecting "Close", my additions disappear. I am running Ubuntu 20.04.
    Last edited by slickymaster; July 28th, 2020 at 04:03 PM. Reason: removed large image

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    Try this to get xscreensaver going. Make a text file containing:

    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Name=X Screensaver
    Comment=Use real screensavers
    Icon=preferences-desktop-screensaver
    Exec=xscreensaver -nosplash
    NoDisplay=true
    and save it as xscreensaver.desktop in ~/.config/autostart

    Restart and it should start monitoring for inactivity upon login.

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    This is yet another way that gnome devs make the desktop experience frustrating for users. In gnome shell you have go through the extra step to create a .desktop file for a command or a user script in order to make it autostart (see Dennis N's post above). I am using unity on 20.04 and all I have to do is type in the command in startup applications like before.

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    I've always done it this way. Works universally so doesn't matter the desktop environment. Do you have full access to the autostart folder as your user?

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Try this to get xscreensaver going. Make a text file containing:

    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Type=Application
    Name=X Screensaver
    Comment=Use real screensavers
    Icon=preferences-desktop-screensaver
    Exec=xscreensaver -nosplash
    NoDisplay=true
    and save it as xscreensaver.desktop in ~/.config/autostart

    Restart and it should start monitoring for inactivity upon login.
    Thanks for the reply! At the moment, ~/.config/autostart is a flat file:

    Code:
    nitrogen --restore &
    compton --config ~/.config/compton.conf &
    lxpanel &
    conky &
    Given that conky is not being started up automatically, I'm guessing it's not being used, so I'm tempted to save it off somewhere and try out your suggestion.

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    Quote Originally Posted by ActionParsnip View Post
    I've always done it this way. Works universally so doesn't matter the desktop environment. Do you have full access to the autostart folder as your user?
    I'm not sure what you mean by "autostart folder". I navigated to the "Startup Applications" icon on the "Activities" bar.

    startup_apps_screenshot_20200728.jpg
    Last edited by slickymaster; July 28th, 2020 at 03:48 PM. Reason: removed large image

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    Please do not post large images into your posts. Many of our users have slow internet connections and data limits. Large images can take a long time to load -- and may even cost a user extra money. Use the attachment functionality provided by the paperclip button above the text entry box.

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    Quote Originally Posted by slickymaster View Post
    Please do not post large images into your posts. Many of our users have slow internet connections and data limits. Large images can take a long time to load -- and may even cost a user extra money. Use the attachment functionality provided by the paperclip button above the text entry box.
    Thanks for the guidance and for modifying my post accordingly.

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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    At the moment, ~/.config/autostart is a flat file:
    Code:
    nitrogen --restore &
    compton --config ~/.config/compton.conf &
    lxpanel &
    conky &
    Given that conky is not being started up automatically, I'm guessing it's not being used, so I'm tempted to save it off somewhere and try out your suggestion.
    Based on the image in the next post nothing in that file is running.

    ~/.config/autostart is a folder not a file, and needs to have .desktop file formatted files like Dennis N's example in order to utilize them.
    Perhaps try making the folder and then see what happens.
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    Re: Why can't I add to the Startup Appications?

    Quote Originally Posted by extraspecialbitter2 View Post
    At the moment, ~/.config/autostart is a flat file
    I'm pretty sure it should be a directory with .desktop files in.
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