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Old 10-09-2003, 01:29 PM   #1
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How do I automatically start a program at start up?

I'm new to this linux thing. Anyone has an answer?
Old 10-09-2003, 01:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

Try adding the command to:

If it is to run in the background then put a space then an ampersand afetr it " &".

if you want to run a gui app after you have logged in then look at the session configuration for your window manager.
Old 10-09-2003, 02:09 PM   #3
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There are many different ways to run something at startup. I got frustrated a while ago with this same problem (trying to run a couple of X programs at startup) so I just decided to throw this into my .bash_profile:

ses=$(printenv | grep DISPLAY)
if [ -n "$ses" ]; then
'proggies and scripts you wanna run'
it was a pretty workaround at the time, but hey it works, and as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Old 10-09-2003, 02:12 PM   #4
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One way for a GUI app with KDE - just create a symlink from the application itself and put it in


for example -

ln -s /usr/bin/kspread /home/your_username/.kde/Autostart
Old 02-13-2009, 01:30 AM   #5
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For gnome

The following method is for Gnome;

Last edited by mohdshakir; 07-06-2010 at 03:52 AM. Reason: updating URL
Old 02-15-2009, 10:29 PM   #6
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this is what i have from my laptop

for /etc/rc.local
# This script will be executed *after* all the other init scripts.
# You can put your own initialization stuff in here if you don't
# want to do the full Sys V style init stuff.

touch /var/lock/subsys/local
and for /etc/
ifup eth1 &
ifup eth0 &
/sbin/service sshd start &
export http_proxy=localhost:4222
/etc/init.d/cups start &
/etc/init.d/irda start &
/etc/init.d/pcscd start &
/etc/rc.d/init.d/autofs start &
/etc/rc.d/init.d/crond start &
/etc/rc.d/init.d/fuse start &
/etc/rc.d/init.d/netfs start &
/etc/rc.d/init.d/cpuspeed start &
hope you can get idea with this
Old 02-15-2009, 10:42 PM   #7
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Or try this for KDE:

and this for starting a program even before the login prompt;

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:02 AM   #8
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Don't forget the CRON


I know this is an old thread but I think this is a good place to higlight using CRON for this.

If you use the @reboot cron keyword, this will execute the specified command once every time the machine is booted.

Hope this help someone.

Last edited by AcmeUK; 10-27-2013 at 06:04 AM.


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