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Old 08-27-2012, 06:45 AM   #1
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Starting a Qt application on Linux start-up

Hello everyone,

I have a Qt application and I want it to (well, my boss wants it to) start automatically when the computer is turned on in a kiosk setup manner so that the user doesn't have full access to the Desktop Environment.

On a terminal, I can start my application with qt embedded with no X window system running (of course). (ie: ./application -qws)

I've found a somewhat similar thread here , where this issue is solved from within the inittab.
I'd really appreciate some help or pointers here

Thank you in advance.
Old 08-27-2012, 07:41 AM   #2
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mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart/
.. and add a <Desktop entry> ( AppName.desktop ),
or a link to the executable in ~.config/autostart/

There is also a GUI application in the Menu
for adding applications that should autostart:
e.g. System > Preferencies > Startup Applications.

Old 08-27-2012, 08:12 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot for your quick reply! The solution you've presented sounds cool but I hope it's DE independent, isn't it?
In fact, the linux system that will start the application has the strict minimum (no graphical output (kde,gnome,fluxbox) aside from the framebuffer).


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