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Old 10-14-2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Question Running a desktop application at Login


I am trying to find a way to present a user with an interface which only runs a specific application.
I have decided that the best way is probably to create a user account which is automatically logged in after system boots (which I can do by editing custom.conf).
Then I need a way of starting the application automatically and causing a logout/shutdown when it is closed. I suspect this is something to do with X configuration but I cannot find what to do.
Can anyone help?
 
Old 10-14-2014, 01:11 PM   #2
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What distribution? "custom.conf" sounds like a distribution-specific file to me. What you want is called a "kiosk" setup sometimes, maybe this help for searching.
 
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i would look into the file ~/.bash_profile or ~/.profile and add the path to the program you want to run at the end.
 
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I am running RHEL 6.5.
custom.conf allows me to turn on autologin and specify the user that will be logged in.
 
Old 10-14-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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If you are running a GUI interface, the GUI configuration should offer a way to do this.

Most desktop environments include a "startup" item in which applications can be configured to run when the GUI starts; it may also be called something like "session" on the menu. Most window managers have a way of configuring applications to autostart when the GUI starts, though it commonly requires editing a text file in some way.

In Fluxbox, it's in ~/.fluxbox/startup. Here's an example from my ~/.fluxbox/startup file:

Code:
# And last but not least we start fluxbox.
# Because it is the last app you have to run it with ''exec'' before it.
xscreensaver&              <-----starts Xscreensaver
~/scripts/wallpaper.sh&       <----starts a script to rotate wallpaper every X minutes
gkrellm&    <----starts GKrellM
keepassx&     <----Starts Keepassx
exec fluxbox
 
  


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