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Monday, December 20, 2010

MeeGo: Auto-Start an Application on Session Start

For modern Linux desktop, it's a common way to auto-start an application in a user-session by placing a ".desktop" file into /etc/xdg/autostart. But if you are writing or porting an application to MeeGo and found that the application is not auto-started after you put in a seemingly correct .desktop, please check this:

If there's an "OnlyShowIn=" item, it must contain the string X-MOBLIN-NB. For example:


Another caveat is that MeeGo's uxlaunch doesn't honor AutostartCondition key yet, for the sake of simplicity and fast-boot.

For code under the hood, check MeeGo's uxlaunch/desktop.c.

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