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I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. I'd like Empathy to connect when I login to my computer.

I know I can browse using the Startup Applications tool (although the add/browse dialogue is still useless in GNOME 3), but is there a better way?

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i think that would be be the best way to do it. but if there a better way ill post it below – Ashu Apr 28 '12 at 9:27

You can use -h option to start hidden, i.e., no contacts window at startup

Add Empathy to startup and remember to have Connect on Startup(which is enabled by default) checked in Empathy -> Edit -> Preferences -> Behaviour How to do it

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