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How do I autostart Skype on boot?

asked 2011-11-28 13:31:02 -0500

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updated 2011-11-28 19:13:38 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

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 -0500

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


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 -0500

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updated 2011-11-29 04:01:08 -0500

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.


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