Startup Applications not working after upgrade to Karmic [Solved]

Colin Law clanlaw at
Tue Feb 16 20:56:02 UTC 2010

On 16 February 2010 20:12, sktsee <sktsee at> wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Feb 2010 16:45:54 +0000, Colin Law wrote:
> [snip]
>> /etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup... Setting IM through
>> im-switch for locale=en_GB. Start IM through
>> /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL linked to
>> /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default.
>> GNOME_KEYRING_SOCKET=/tmp/keyring-3nd2gS/socket
>> SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/keyring-3nd2gS/socket.ssh
>> Then goes on with messages from gnome-settings-daemon and other
>> components.
>> On the failing user the above header is completely missing, the first
>> message is from gnome-settings-daemon.  This suggests a fundamental
>> problem with Xsession, but only for this user.  I probably just have to
>> delete a config file somewhere but I do not know what.
>> Colin
> Some things to check and do in no particular order:
> 3. Start gnome-session in debug mode. One way to do this is to edit one
> of the desktop files in /usr/share/xsessions and modify its Name= line to
> "Gnome Debug Session" and the exec lines to "gnome-session --debug". Save
> the file as gnome-debug.desktop. Then, when you are at the gdm login
> screen, choose the Gnome Debug Session from your list of sessions and
> proceed to login.

Whilst preparing to try this I realised that I have been a complete
idiot.  The cause of the problem is that I have been unintentionally
starting the gnome failsafe session from the login screen.  How it got
into this mode I do not know, I did not do it intentionally, but once
selected it defaults to this so has been running in failsafe mode ever

My one hope is that having gone through all this grief someone in the
future will google to this and solve their problem quicker than I did.
 (Let me know if this is you).

Many thanks all for your help.

I am now going to put a virtual paper bag over my head to hide my embarrassment.


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