xfce4-autostart-editor versus Sessions

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Wed Nov 16 15:24:58 CET 2005

Andrew Conkling wrote:
> 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

Right now, it's just a simple frontend to the implementation of the
autostart spec. It may support session-editing as well in the future.

> Cheers,
> Andrew


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