New LXSession autostart problem: 2 instances of nm-applet

John Hupp lubuntu at
Tue Nov 19 00:59:44 UTC 2013

On 11/18/2013 5:40 PM, John Hupp wrote:
> 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  It has been replaced by 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 lxsession-edit.
> 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.

After some further research, I found that the still-enabled instance of 
nm-applet is auto-starting from /etc/xdg/autostart/Network.desktop.

But I also found that /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart and 
~/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart are both empty files.  So in 
lxsession-default-apps, when I set changed Network GUI from nm-applet to 
'no', what was it writing that setting to?
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