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I'm trying to add an application for startup that runs a program with a flag. I entered xpad -h and xpad --h into the command line. Xpad is a sticky note application, and the -h flag tells it to hide the windows but still keep an indicator open. Whenever I login, my computer will open Xpad but won't hide the windows, which I believe means that the flag is ignored. Am I doing something wrong?

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I added /usr/bin/wuala -silent to startup applications and it works like it should. –  Jakob Apr 14 '12 at 22:02
    
I tried /usr/bin/xpad -h and still nothing. Would a script work better? –  Ryan McClure Apr 14 '12 at 22:10
    
I can confirm that it doesn't work with xpad. A script might be a possible workaround - why not try it? –  Jakob Apr 14 '12 at 22:19
    
I created the script #!/bin/bash xpad -h and that still does not work. Meh, it's not too tough to just close the window on login. –  Ryan McClure Apr 14 '12 at 22:30
    
Running the script doesn't depend on autostart - it doesn't work to start Xpad hidden. Possibly you should ask a question on launchpad or file a bug ... –  Jakob Apr 14 '12 at 22:44

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I finally figured out how to fix the problem I had with Xpad. I created a script:

#!/bin/bash

sleep 3

xpad --hide &

and now it works. It was adding sleep 3 that let it work finally. Any lower value does not seem to work.

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It is a known (and by now) registered bug. Thanks for giving your solution. Here you can find other possibilities for other situations. Bug report: bugs.launchpad.net/xpad/+bug/405314 Blueprint for future fix: blueprints.launchpad.net/xpad/+spec/xpad-autostart –  Arthur Borsboom Feb 12 at 0:16

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