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I quite recently upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04 so I'm still adjusting to the switch from gnome to unity.

One new thing is the way I get notifications from gmail and pidgin. I've got it working so that they are both available via the little e-mail icon by the clock.

However, they don't automatically activate upon login. In order to get notifications from gmail I have to manually klick it once to start the underlying application.


After I've clicked it I get another row with the inbox status.


The same is more or less true for pidgin, it got no extra status line, but the application starts the first time I click it rather than autmatically when I login.

So the question finally is how I get these to auto-start?

I guess I could add pidgin to 'Startup Applications', but then it'll pop-up every time I log in, I'd like it to start minimized.

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Adding pidgin and gm-notify to 'Startup Applications' solved the problem for both applications. Pidgin started minimized, I was wrong to assume it wouldn't.

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