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Since Firestarter GUI needs Admin rights to start, does it make sense to autostart firestarter on boot and how can i do it?

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Please put the solution in a separate answer so you can mark it as the accepted answer. – Jorge Castro Dec 14 '10 at 14:19
ok, just posted the solution as a separate answer – NES Dec 14 '10 at 17:43

You can't start a GUI app on boot because it needs to be attached to a graphical session, the graphical session is only setup after you login. You could set it up to start when you login:

System -> Preferences -> Start applications

Add whatever command is required to start it, if it needs admin privilegs you may need to change your /etc/sudoers configuration so that you can start the app with admin privileges without asking for the password.

Update1: You can check how to edit the sudoers configuration at: There is an example there on how to allow to use the shutdown command without a password.

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sorry, i meant after login. ok, what do i have to add to /etc/sudoers to start without password? – NES Dec 14 '10 at 11:40
Added the sudoers info as Update1 in the answer. – João Pinto Dec 14 '10 at 12:05
thanks for the help. also updated my question with the step by step solution. – NES Dec 14 '10 at 12:31
up vote 2 down vote accepted


With the following steps firestarter can be autostarted

  1. Start a terminal with this command to edit the file /etc/sudoers

    sudo visudo -s

  2. Add the following line at the end of the code (where username should be replaced by your Ubuntu username)

    USERNAME ALL= NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/firestarter

  3. save the changes and end the editor

  4. start these two commands (where username should be replaced by your Ubuntu username)

    sudo ln -fs ~/.Xauthority /root/.Xauthority

    sudo chown USERNAME.root ~/.Xauthority

  5. Now firestarter can start on login without the password prompt

  6. Finally you have to add Firestarter to autostart with the following command

    sudo "firestarter --start-hidden"

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