Sessions – what am I missing?

Chris Green cl at
Sun Dec 29 13:49:31 UTC 2013

On Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 08:30:19PM +0000, Colin Law wrote:
> On 28 December 2013 20:13, Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at> wrote:
> > So the answer to my question is that the session thing that worked so great
> > in earlier Ubuntu versions now is removed? That sucks so badly. Is there
> > going to be ANYTHING left in a few years? :(
> Never having used sessions can you explain what they did for you that
> you cannot do now?
On old[er] X systems one could save the layout of terminal windows and
other applications and get them back in exactly the same places
(different workspaces etc.) when one started up again.

It's incredibly convenient/useful (for someone like me) to have, for
example, the following at system startup:-

    Mail/News workspace with two 'tall' terminal windows
    A general purpose workspace with a big terminal window
    A 'browser' workspace with Firefox running
    A software development workspace with two terminal windows
    An 'MS Windows' workspace for running Virtualbox

Having all the applications ready and running is really good.

I now have a wierd script that starts all the terminals for me using
wmctrl to place them.  Once upon a time the window manager and session
control did it all for me.

Chris Green

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