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How do I autostart Skype on boot?

asked 2011-11-28 13:31:02 -0600

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updated 2011-11-28 19:13:38 -0600

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I'd like to autostart Skype in my fedora 16 when it boots. I did not find any option suitable for this task in the program.

Maybe a cronjob with a simple test may do the trick or maybe there are gnome plugins to do similar tasks out there. Any idea?

I also know /etc/rc.local file is no longer there but if created will work as usual I guess.

Which is the best way?

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answered 2011-11-28 13:33:54 -0600

My guess is you want Skype to start when you log in, run

gnome-session-properties

and add it in.

FWIW, rc.local will still work, it is just not included by default. You simply write a script, save it in /etc/rc.local, and make it executable.

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answered 2011-11-29 03:59:19 -0600

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updated 2011-11-29 04:01:08 -0600

Please do not use rc.local, this is meant for system wide services and not session ( desktop ) services.

Drag and drop skype desktop ( usually /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop ) file to /etc/xdg/autostart/ as root for system wide desktop autostart, or ~/.config/autostart/ for per user basis via gnome-session-properties.

reference: http://developer.gnome.org/autostart-spec/

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