KDE 4.x and Autostart

September 3, 2009

I was told by some fellow Linux guys that with KDE 4.x there is no Autostart possible anymore. I just wanted to write this blog post to show them that it is still possible even if it not in the KDE menu. Just create following directory if it does not exists

mkdir ~/.kde/Autostart

Some distributions may use .kde4 instead of .kde. Now just place a symlink into this directory with a command like this one for dropbox.

ln -s ~/.dropbox-dist/dropbox ~/.kde/Autostart/dropbox

At least on my Kubuntu systems with KDE 4.3.x that works. 😉


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  1. Never used kde before 4.2 so don’t know where it was before but autostart is in system settings in Advanced > Autostart for those that want to use the GUI.

    Comment by Gen2ly — September 4, 2009 #

  2. Note that AutoStart tends to like .desktop, and some distributions will not exec shell scripts as they did/do in KDE3. They should work if you place them into .kde(4?)/env

    Comment by blehihatethis — November 24, 2009 #

  3. The autostart configuration is also offered in system settings, in the advanced tab.

    So autostart functionality is already built into the desktop — and it actually uses the files in the directories you describe.

    Comment by sebas — December 9, 2009 #

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