xfce4-autostart-editor versus Sessions

Andrew Conkling andrew.conkling at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 15:15:58 CET 2005

So I've been using SVN for a few weeks now; it's very nice and it's
great to see 4.4 coming along.  In particular, I like the
xfce4-autostart-editor program.  I think it has a lot of potential,
but I'm not sure how it's meant to be used.  I had heard about it a
while ago (maybe from a user's screenshot) and thought that maybe it
would mean the end of both the "OMG, where'd my desktop/panel/etc. go
when I login?!" questions and the "you have to logout to save your
session" answers.  (I've never really liked either one.  If I had a
penny for every time... well, you know what I mean.)

But it seems like the autostart editor at best covers the bases for
those apps that are not session-aware.  At worst, it duplicates the
session's behavior.  For example, I know that I always want xfwm4 to
start up, even if I manage to logout and save my session.  So if I put
it in the autostart editor, what happens next time I log in?  And will
these two different apps interoperate at all?  At the moment, I'm left
more confused about which does what, and I only expect a new round of
annoyingly ubiquitous and ubiquitously annoying questions when 4.4 is
released.  But I've always been a pessimist. :-P



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