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Lloyd De Jongh
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« on: September 15, 2007, 12:49:37 PM »


I read this somewhere Pardus-related recently, but cannot remember where. I did a search for "Autostart" on the forum and found no mention, so I'm adding it here. The solution was good, but if my memory serves left out a simplifying step.

The home directory of each user has a .kde3.5 hidden folder in it (the dot in front of the name inidcates that it is to be hidden). There is a symlink to that folder called .kde as well. To have a program automatically start when you log in to your desktop, you can drag and drop a link to the program or script into the Autostart folder. However it's buried inside a hidden folder.

To make things simple, from a command line type the following command from your home directory:

ln -s  /home/Lloyd/.kde/Autostart/ ./Autostart

To make sure you are in your home directory type "cd", minus the quotes of course. YOu will then have a folder called Autostart in your Home folder.

When you drag an icon into Autostart your choices will be to:

Move, Copy, Link, Escape (Cancel)

Choose Link and that should be that.


"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." -- Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2007, 11:51:25 AM »

Nice, I know that at least with my install, any program I have running when I log off is started automatically.  Typically it's when I forget to log off of pidgin.  I'll have to see what I can do with that.  Thanks Lloyd.
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