Unified autostart scripts directory

seventh guardian seventhguardian_ at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 2 18:34:15 EEST 2005

Ok, we could make a framework spec that in the future could support all of 
those improvements, but for now it may only allow autostarting.. Do you all 

I like the idea of extending the support for other events, like shutdown or 
media pluging, or even keypresses (is this already spec'd?), but first of 
all it should be something structured, and not just a bunch of loose ideas. 
It should be a generic and modular system, where someone (read some DM) 
could add their own events and have them supported as well.

As I said, I used kde for some time, and I like the way it handles these 
things, and also gvm is something we should look at. So we are all to gain 
with everybody's experience, and I hope they join the effort.

We already have some oppinions from the kde side, it would be nice if 
someone from other DM's could throw in other ideas.. After all, it should be 
something we all agree with. Also, if someone "inside" could post how these 
things are implemented already in the various DM's, it would be nice.

If it was a votting, I would definitelly vote for a generic event 
configuration system. Waiting for oppinions and info..

>From: Waldo Bastian <bastian at kde.org>
>To: xdg at lists.freedesktop.org
>Subject: Re: Unified autostart scripts directory
>Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2005 13:30:16 +0200
>On Friday 01 July 2005 21:59, John (J5) Palmieri wrote:
> > Having an autostart for simple programs and daemons sounds fine to me
> > but I think there is a bit too much being put into this.  In order to
> > have a true dependency system of which we are working on with
> > libgnomeservice in gnome cvs, it gets a bit more complicated than just
> > dropping a file in the right location.
> >
> > I think having a spec for easily dropping a desktop file in a common
> > location to autostart a program is fine but I think we should let
> > projects explore the more complicated stuff before writing up a spec
> > that will please no one.  Projects have to define and find their needs
> > before we can have a unified system.
>Within KDE we have a reasonable understanding what the needs are (for KDE) 
>we have an implementation that meets those needs. With that said, if you
>think it's more appropriate to limit the fd.o spec for now to the "allowing 
>user to autostart programs they would like autostarted in their session"
>use-case then that's ok with me.
> > From the stuff I am reading in the thread, each iteration getting more
> > complex than the last, it just seems to be moving into the same traps I
> > have seen recent fd.o projects falling into.  That is namely writing a
> > spec before figuring out what the real needs are.
> >
> > The problem that the simple directory solves is allowing a user to
> > autostart programs they would like autostarted in their session.
> >
> > The problem that a desktop services framework solves is completely
> > different and largely desktop environment dependent.  In the end we may
> > want some sort of unification but I just don't this is the point in time
> > to discuss writing specs for it.
> >
> > On Fri, 2005-07-01 at 16:43 +0000, seventh guardian wrote:
> > > Hi!
> > >
> > > After being using kde since ever, I gave a try to xfce. The real pain 
> > > 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 
> > > to know the ~/.xprofile file, but for the starting of programs, that 
> > > a tricky thing.
> > >
> > > Currently, kde has the autostart dir in ~/.kde/Autostart, fluxbox has 
> > > autostart script in ~/.fluxbox/startup, and xfce uses the
> > > ~/Desktop/Autostart. This last dir is suposed to be a standard, but 
> > > 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 
> > > 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 
> > > 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 
> > > that run for all DM's).
> > >
> > > Waiting for feedback.. Cheers,
> > >     Renato Caldas
> > >
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