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I couple of versions of Ubuntu ago I setup a program to start automatically when the computer turns on. It is of no use to me at this point, and I want to disable it now. The problem is, I can't figure out how I did it. I've looked in:

  • Startup Applications (gnome-session-properties)
  • ~/.config/autostart
  • ~/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/
  • /etc/init.d/
  • /etc/gdm/

Is there somewhere else I might have set it? Or is there a way to trace how a running program was started? Couldn't find anything like that in System Monitor.

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what is the application? – Achu Aug 14 '11 at 21:01
@Achu: The program is an on-screen keyboard: onboard – Jonah Aug 14 '11 at 21:07
Have you looked at gnome-session-properties ? – desgua Aug 14 '11 at 21:24
@desgua: I don't think so, where is that? – Jonah Aug 14 '11 at 21:25
You can access the gnome-session-properties by pressing alt+f2 and typing in gnome-session-properties – Gus E Aug 14 '11 at 21:35
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Just grep it:

sudo grep -IRF onboard /etc 2> /dev/null

and if unsuccessful

grep -lIRF onboard ~/.[^.]* 2> /dev/null
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The second one (sans the 2> /dev/null part, because I wanted to see where it was) turned up two results: ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-settings/gedit/%gconf.xml and ~/.gconf/desktop/gnome/applications/at/%gconf.xml. Removing the onboard bit fixed the problem. There's no way I would have known about those files: what program could have set those entries? – Jonah Aug 14 '11 at 22:54
Isn't it one of those accessibility thingies?… – arrange Aug 14 '11 at 23:13
I don't know. I just hope it's safe to remove the code, and it's not actually supposed to be left alone and is called by the actual setting... . In any case, I only commented it out, I didn't delete it. – Jonah Aug 14 '11 at 23:48

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