autostarted applications

Grant emailgrant at
Sat Mar 1 15:10:34 CET 2014

>> Which files can I edit or delete to disable certain autostarted
>> applications?  I tried deleting everything in .config/xfce4/autostart
>> but hplip and wicd still start.  I'm trying to script this so I can't
>> use the GUI.
>> - Grant
> Hello Grant,
> Those autostarted applications are defined in /etc/xdg/autostart/.
> They're placed there by your distributor who thinks it would be nice to
> have them in autostart without user interaction for a better experience.
> If you don't want that this are automatic started, you have three
> options:
> 1. delete the files from /etc/xdg/autostart/. Easy thing, but files
> could be readded if you update the owning package,
> 2. copy the files from /etc/xdg/autostart/ you want to disable to
> $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/autostart/ (defaults to $HOME/.config/autostart/) and
> add »Hidden=true« at the end of the file. That's what the GUI would do
> for configuration on a per-user-base, or
> 3. add the »Hidden=true« option to the file in /etc/xdg/autostart/ to
> change the system-default, so every user has to explicit enable it.

That worked perfectly, thank you.  For reference, it looks like
Hidden=true does prevent the apps from starting instead of just hiding

- Grant

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