Startup Applications not working after upgrade to Karmic

Colin Law clanlaw at
Mon Feb 15 17:04:55 UTC 2010

On 15 February 2010 12:56, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
> Hi
> I have upgraded a 9.04 desktop system to 9.10 and now entries I have
> added to System, Preferences, Startup Applications no longer start.
> These are to thunderbird and gpodder.  They work fine if I manually
> start them.
> I have looked in various log files for clues but found none.
> I have another 9.10 (clean install) where the startup apps work ok.
> Any suggestions as to what the problem may be or where to look for
> clues gratefully received.

Further to this I have looked in ~/.config/autostart and find .desktop
files for the apps, which work as expected when I open them.  It
appears that for some reason the apps in autostart are not getting
started on logon.

In addition I find that if I select "Automatically remember running
applications when logged out" and then logout with some running apps
they do not open when I log in again, so it appears the whole
autostart system is broken in some way.

I have found a bug in launchpad that can cause changes to the startup
apps not to be saved, but not one that prevents them starting.


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