Howto: Automatically start a program in Debian

Posted on 20. Sep, 2009 by in Debian, Howto

Some times, some of us may need to start a program when starting Debian. One example could be the instant messenger program Pidgin or it could be Vuze for people who want their downloads to start automatically.

GNOME has an elegant solution for this. Go to System -> Preferences -> Sessions and here you can add a list of programs you want to start with every session.

*Edited later*

In KDE4 there is a similar choice in Control center -> autostart.

If you are using KDE 3.5, which comes with Debian Lenny as a default, you will need to add the program manually to ~/.kde/Autostart

6 Responses to “Howto: Automatically start a program in Debian”

  1. [...] Pidgin or it could be Vuze for people who dont want their downloads to start automatically. More here GNOME has an elegant solution for this. Go to System -> Preferences -> Sessions and here you can [...]

  2. MavFurious

    21. Sep, 2009

    It’s not correct, in kde4 there is a similar voice, in control center, autostart.

  3. Rares

    21. Sep, 2009

    Yes, KDE4 does have an option in systemsettings-> advanced -> autostart.

  4. Krishnan

    21. Sep, 2009

    I appreciate the input on KDE4.
    Personally, I’ve never tried KDE4 on Debian. I have edited to clarify that what I wrote applies to KDE3.5 which comes with Debian Lenny by default.
    Thanks again.

  5. R S Chakravarti

    21. Sep, 2009

    I have Debian Squeeze on my home desktop, including KDE4. How to make kpackage work?

    KDE3.5 worked really well and 4 is a disaster!

  6. alind

    22. Sep, 2009

    in fvwm-crystal you can put that in ~/.fvwm-crystal/preferences/Startup

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