Unified autostart scripts directory

Waldo Bastian bastian at kde.org
Fri Jul 1 20:23:44 EEST 2005

Yes, sounds like a good idea to me, shall I write a spec for it?

I would also like to include in the spec:
* autostarting applications on mounted media (see gnome-volume-manager)
* dependencies between autostarting applications

And what about:
* support for setting environment vars?
* support for shutdown scripts?


On Friday 01 July 2005 18:43, seventh guardian wrote:
> Hi!
> After being using kde since ever, I gave a try to xfce. The real pain was
> to reconfigure the "basic" stuff, like autostarting programs and xmodmaps.
> I used to have these scripts in ~/.kde/Autostart, but that obviously
> doesn't work for xfce.. The xmodmaps were solved after getting to know the
> ~/.xprofile file, but for the starting of programs, that was a tricky
> thing.
> Currently, kde has the autostart dir in ~/.kde/Autostart, fluxbox has an
> autostart script in ~/.fluxbox/startup, and xfce uses the
> ~/Desktop/Autostart. This last dir is suposed to be a standard, but the
> fact is that it's only used (as far as I know) by xfce.
> Also, having a dir in ~/Desktop/ for autostarting programs is rather
> annoying, as ~/Desktop/ should be used only for the things showing up on
> the desktop. In xfce this poses no problem, because it doesn't have desktop
> icons, but I also use kde (at least for now), and it just gets in the way..
> So, following the XDG base dir specs, I sugest using
> $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/autostart/ for this. It has the advantage of using an
> unified location, and not getting in the way (as it can be hidden if using
> for instance ~/.config).
> Also, this idea could be extended if someone wanted to run DM specific
> programs. So one could use $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/autostart/kde/ for kde specific
> startup scripts, $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/autostart/gnome/ for gnome, and
> $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/autostart/all/ for general startup scripts (scripts that
> run for all DM's).
> Waiting for feedback.. Cheers,
>     Renato Caldas
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