Check my upstart script code?

Israel israeldahl at
Wed May 13 12:30:56 UTC 2015

Hi John
On 05/09/2015 03:47 PM, John Hupp wrote:
> ..
> Here is an improved upstart job (/etc/init/pcmanfm-ltsp.conf).  The
> script code is tested as working when run manually as a script, but it
> was not effective as an upstart job.  Perhaps environment variables
> like $HOME are not available to upstart jobs even though this one
> doesn't run until after the desktop session has started and $HOME
> should be defined at that point.
You could try setting something like:
MY_HOME=$(xdg-user-dir HOME)

sed -i 's/mount_removable=0/mount_removable=1/'

You could also save the script as a file in your $PATH (like /usr/bin)
and use:
exec scriptname
in your conf file

But this is maybe more of a style preference thing :)

> But given that the code works as a script, I can probably get what I
> want by setting that up with a desktop shortcut in an autostarting
> location.
> # Edit pcmanfm Volume Management preferences at startup
> #
> # Set prefs based on whether the machine is a thin client or a
> server/fat client
> description "Edit pcmanfm Volume Management preferences based on
> machine type"
> start on desktop-session-start
> script
> # test for a fat client:
> if [[ $(hostname | grep 'ltsp') == ltsp* ]]; then
>     sed -i 's/mount_removable=0/mount_removable=1/'
> "$HOME/.config/pcmanfm/lubuntu/pcmanfm.conf"
> # test for a thin client:
> elif [ -n "$LTSP_CLIENT" ]; then
>     sed -i 's/mount_removable=0/mount_removable=0/'
> "$HOME/.config/pcmanfm/lubuntu/pcmanfm.conf"
> # machine must be the server
> else
>     sed -i 's/mount_removable=0/mount_removable=1/'
> "$HOME/.config/pcmanfm/lubuntu/pcmanfm.conf"
> fi
> end script


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