autostart firefox application only after mouse gesture

Mike Massonnet mmassonnet at
Mon Sep 28 17:50:11 CEST 2009


2009/9/28 lieven <lieven at>:
> Good day,
> I'm having an issue with autstarting firefox after logon to an xfce session.
> The point is that I have to move the mouse before firefox will start.
> xfce version 4.4.2 on ubuntu 8.04.2
> I created a file firefox.desktop in ~/.config/autostart/firefox.desktop
> contents:
> [Desktop Entry]
> Encoding=UTF-8
> Version=0.9.4
> Type=Application
> Name=firefox
> Comment=firefox
> Exec=/usr/bin/firefox
> StartupNotify=false
> Terminal=false
> Hidden=false
> I simulated a mouse click using "xdotool click 1" but that doesn't help
> either.
> The system is running from a read-only nfs mount and loaded into memory of
> the fat client.
> Can there be any reason why I need to move the mouse on the client pc to get
> firefox to automatically start?

That's like a problem I recall from "bad" hardware. I needed to run
without apic (noapic option passed to the kernel in the grub conf),
otherwise the system would have been idling when there weren't any
keyboard/mouse events for a given time.

> thanks for any advice.


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