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Old 06-17-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
bennypr0fane
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how to make a command line application autostart?


Hello,
I have a problem with Adobe Flash player that apparently can be workarounded by using Devil's Pie, making it auto start In Lubuntu 13.04 with Gnome Shell.

Here's what I tried to achieve that after following the instructions on askubuntu.com (as advised in the #ubuntu irc channel):
I made a file /etc/init/devilspie.conf with the following content:
Code:
description run devil's pie on startup

start on startup
stop on runlevel [016]

respawn

exec su - ben -c "devilspie"
I wanted to test it first by seeing if I could run it manually, I get this:
Code:
~$ sudo start devilspie 
start: Unknown job: devilspie
ben@Ignaz-lubuntu:~$ ps auxwww|grep devilspie
ben      13244  0.0  0.4 390932 15644 ?        Sl   22:16   0:00 leafpad /etc/init/devilspie.conf
ben      14303  0.0  0.0  10948   916 pts/0    S+   22:19   0:00 grep --color=auto devilspie
These commands were given to me at #ubuntu as well, but I didn't get assistance to conclusion of the issue, so I don't know what this output means. Can someone help me deal with this?
It seems however that Devil's Pie is not running - it's not listed in running processes of System monitor.
 
Old 06-17-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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Hi,

are you sure you want this running when the machine boots? Since devilspie (IIRC) is a program to help manage windows, wouldn't it be better to run it when you log into an X session?

Evo2.

PS. I'm not so familiar with upstart, but I suspect the people who provided you with information on #ubuntu and askubuntu.com know even less.

PPS. Entering "gnome3 autostart" in your favourite search engine should provide the information you are looking for.

Last edited by evo2; 06-17-2013 at 06:02 PM. Reason: PPS.
 
Old 06-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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I did some searches like that before (don't rememeber the exact search terms), but I guess they didn't help me bcs I searched in English.
My system UI is in German so what I was looking for in my Gnome menus did not match its German label.
The solution is called "Startprogramme" in German. There I added a new entry and inserted the path to the devil's pie executable, obtained through
Code:
which devilspie
in the "command" field.
Devil's Pie now autostarts, but I don't care whether it does so at boot or at login - fullscreen Flash works again in all players and my issue is solved :-)

Really it's funny though no one at #ubuntu thought of pointing me to startup applications...
 
Old 06-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #4
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Hi,
Quote:
Originally Posted by bennypr0fane View Post
Devil's Pie now autostarts, but I don't care whether it does so at boot or at login
Actually, I would not be surprised if devilspie failed to start if there was no X session to connect to.
Quote:
- fullscreen Flash works again in all players and my issue is solved :-)
Glad you were able to get it working.
Quote:
Really it's funny though no one at #ubuntu thought of pointing me to startup applications...
It really doesn't surprise me. Did anyone there tell you to switch from gnome to unity? ;-)

Cheers,

Evo2.
 
  


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