New LXSession autostart problem: 2 instances of nm-applet

John Hupp lubuntu at
Mon Nov 18 22:40:07 UTC 2013

On 11/18/2013 4:52 PM, Federico Leoni wrote:
> 2013/11/18 John Hupp <lubuntu at 
> <mailto:lubuntu at>>:
> > When understanding broke upon me today concerning LXSession's default
> > setting (in 13.10) of 'disable_autostart=config-only' (rather than
> > 'disable_autostart=no'),  I changed it to NO and immediately solved a
> > weeks-old problem with SpiderOak Backup not auto-starting.
> >
> > But this change triggered a new problem: There are two instances of
> > nm-applet running.  Both instances work and yield the same information.
> >
> > Since I had set disable_autostart=no in both
> > /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/desktop.conf and in
> > ~/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/desktop.conf, I considered it possible 
> (though
> > unexpected) that this was causing two instances to autostart, but 
> setting
> > disable_autostart=config-only once again in
> > /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/desktop.conf did not solve the problem.
> >
> > The obvious questions: What happened?  How can I fix it?
> >
> >
> >
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> John,
> you need to disable "network" from Prefereces-->Desktop
> Session Settings.
> F.

That sort of works.

As Julie Lavergne noted today in a post with Subject: 'Back on 13.10 
release,' lxsession-edit (Preferences: Desktop Session Settings) has 
been removed from 13.10.  It has been replaced by lxsession-default-apps 
(Preferences: Default Applications for LXSession).  I think you and I 
had some previous exchange on this topic.

But the layout and functionality of lxsession-default-apps seem 
confusing.  You might think that its Autostart tab was intended to 
replace lxsession-edit's functionality, but as far as I can tell so far, 
it's major function is to disable/enable whole classes of autostarting 
apps.  There seems to be a provision for manually adding and controlling 
single apps, but there is no pre-populated list as there was with 

In any case, on the Running Applications tab, I edited Network GUI: 
nm-applet and set that to NO.  This results in only one instance of 
nm-applet running for that user.  The edit must be repeated for all 
users.  [There is undoubtedly a global configuration that would fix 
that, but it does not seem to be achievable through the GUI, and I have 
not found documentation for accomplishing that directly in a 
configuration file.]

But I still don't know where the other instance of nm-applet is 
launching from.  /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart is empty, as is 
~/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart.  And there is no *.desktop entry 
for nm-applet in the ~/.config/autostart folder.
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