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I'm running 11.10.

Is there a way of setting certain applications to always open on a specified workspace? I have noticed that most people suggest using CompizConfig Settings Manager, but this can cause disastrous problems with Unity.

I found this identical question, but the only answer there was CCSM: Is it possible to pin certain apps to a workspace in Unity?

Is there any way to do this without CCSM? I have been searching for ages, but can't find an alternative.

EDIT:

Devilspie partially works, but appears to have some limitations. I have a 2x2 workspace grid and can successfully get applications to start in workspace 1 or two, but trying 3 or 4 fails and the application loads in workspace 1. This seems to be an issue with them being on a second row. I have found many others with the same issue, such as here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/devilspie-and-compiz-viewports-on-multiple-rows-860619/

Where the suggested answer was to use CCSM!

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Did you try "set_viewport" instead of "set_workspace"? –  desgua Feb 11 '12 at 23:49

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Yes you can use Devilspie to do that. There is a GUI for this app too. Follow these steps:

1) Install: sudo apt-get install devilspie gdevilspie

2) Open gdevilspie.

3) Start the daemon:

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4) Select the matching window:

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5) Choose the workspace:

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Enjoy ;-)

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Thank you so much for such a helpful response =) –  GreenImp Feb 11 '12 at 17:48
    
hmm.. after looking into devilspie, it does seem to work, partially. See my edit in the original post for an explanation. –  GreenImp Feb 11 '12 at 20:38
    
Did you try "set_viewport" instead of "set_workspace"? –  desgua Feb 11 '12 at 23:49
    
unfortunately it seems to be affected by a bug: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdevilspie/+bug/1161594 –  fstab May 1 at 11:28

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