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Adding and Removing Autostart programs in Cinnamon

asked 2013-03-02 00:43:16 -0600

Shubharup gravatar image

updated 2013-06-04 04:03:30 -0600

I want to start Artha and a couple of other applications when I start up my computer. I've been googling for a way to do this, but most tutorials for Fedora make use of gnome-session-tools. When I add "Cinnamon" to the search query, the results that come up for Linux Mint. Linux Mint has the option of managing start-up applications via the default settings.

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answered 2013-06-04 04:13:35 -0600

I don't know how this is done in Cinnamon, but here how it works underneath.

The autostarting of applications and services in a user session is defined in a Freedesktop.org standard.

It is based on the famous *.desktop files which describe applications (these are defined in another Freedesktop.org standard).

All you have to do is to place a proper *.desktop file in the right folder, and your desktop (if it respects the autostart standard) will start it when you log in.

There are two folders:

  • /etc/xdg/autostart/: placing a *.desktop file in this folder will get the application automatically started for all users on the system
  • ~/.config/autostart/: placing a *.desktop file in this folder will get the application automatically started only for the corresponding user

So if what you want to start is a graphical application which already provides its own *.desktop file, all you have to do is copy it in the desired folder.

For example:

$ cp /usr/share/applications/artha.desktop ~/.config/autostart/

You might need to create the ~/.config/autostart/ folder first.

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