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So I would like a couple of applications to run as services when the machine reboots without the need to login, is this possible?

Applications are:

  • Thunderbird Mail
  • xChat IRC

This way my email filters will work and I can log the IRC channels I need if my machine restarts and I'm not able to login at the time.

I have them configured to Auto Start when I login nut how can I add them as a service?

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Since these are GUI applications, it'd be hard to start them as a "service". The alternative I can think of is:

  1. Set them to autostart when you login
  2. Set your system to automatically login
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I have #1 but I don't want to auto login +1 for the effort – Phill Pafford Aug 10 '12 at 16:03

Try using xvfb, which creates a "fake" X display that your GUI program can think its displaying on when no one is logged in in reality.

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