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There are certain applications which start themselves at start-up and I want to remove these applications from start-up. I know I can remove them using the GUI way from System Settings but I was wondering is there any file I can edit to remove these start-up applications.

I looked into /etc/xdg/autostart and found my applications with .desktop extension but I have no idea which file to edit to remove these from start-up.

In short I am looking for a terminal based based solution and not a GUI based.

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Ubuntu doesn't maintain that in a single configuration file.

Even the cmdline tool, update-rc.d, will simply do the work needed to link/unlink a specific program from running at startup.

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So, there is no way to do it from terminal. – RanRag Jun 15 '12 at 19:10
I think the "startup applications" may be storing which applications are enabled and disabled somewhere? as there is nothing like that at $HOME/.config/autostart; nothing at gconf-editor either.. – Aquarius Power Jun 3 '13 at 19:27

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