Local Startup

This is a method to control start-up of applications in a Linux Desktop session that are run by a local default configuration, but can also be overriden by the user.

This is unlike the /etc/xdg/autostart which is mostly under the control of the distro packager.

Aslo unlike the /etc/X11/profile.d directory, this runs inside the Desktop Session. /etc/X11/profile.d gets started before the Desktop session is available.

There is a configuration /etc/xdg/local-startup.cfg, which contains the local configuration. It is a text file:

# comments start with #
delay 3000 # Number of milliseconds to wait before starting applications
run-cmd /etc/xdg/local-startup.run # Run script
application1.desktop  enable # Enable the application
application2.dekstop  disable # disable this application

Applications that can be auto started are defined either in /usr/share/applications or in $HOME/.local/share/applications as .desktop files.

Adding a enabled application global config, will start the application by default.

Adding a disabled application to the global config, will not start the application by default, but it makes it possible for the user to override this setting in their $HOME/.config/local-startup.cfg file.



This is an arbitrary script that can be run on boot-up after the desktop environment is loaded. It is meant to run some scripts that can be used to tweak the User Experiance. Currently it does:

  • Closes the pidgin window (that always open regardless)
  • Monitors windows that have the size of a maximized window but are not maximized. These windows still have window re-size grabbers which I personally find annoying.