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What happened to to the startup application preferences?

Since I upgraded my system to 12.04 and did some updates, Startup Applications (gnome-session-property) is empty. Is that correct? (I don't think so...).

Note: I tried to run it as sudo but it doesn't work either.


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marked as duplicate by Anwar Shah, Takkat, stephenmyall, con-f-use, Jorge Castro Oct 18 '12 at 5:47

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Welcome to AskUbuntu. Can you provide detail on your question? Gnome version, and screenshot will be nice. Thanks! – penreturns Oct 17 '12 at 13:09
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I guess that you upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04.

At Ubuntu 12.04 yes , the startup applications are hidden. Is not a problem or a fail that the catalog is empty. Its more like a security "valve" so users not delete any essential startup application and corrupt the system.

Here is a way to reveal all the startup applications in Ubuntu 12.04.

Be careful , because the following command will reveal ALL the startup applications.

Open a terminal and give this command

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

Then open again the startup applications and I'm certain that the list will have grown.

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I just saw the answer to my question in another website ten minutes before I see yours. About the previous version used, no it wasn't. It's a brand new installation, I misspelled the original question saying "upgraded". By the way, there's other users with the same problem and still with no answers. Thanks. – LucDaher Oct 17 '12 at 13:57
thanks for above post. I was facing the same problem and with above command I resolved my problem. – Mantosh Kumar Jun 29 '14 at 5:31

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