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I am running gnome-shell 3.2 on ubuntu 11.10

Is there a way of 'saving a session' in gnome shell - so that all the running applications are restored the next time I login?

I will ideally like to have a choice of saving the session or skipping it every time I log out.

Thanks in advance.

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Session saving was removed during the development of Natty, so presumably, it's not in Oneiric either.

Here is a notice on what we decided during the Rally: we drop session saving from natty in Ubuntu. The disablement is already effective in natty.

== Why removing it? ==

We saw a lot of side effects during the previous cycles when we started to use multiples session (like in UNE, desktop session and such): - the saved applications contains the list of all running application, including the window manager, the panel and such… Consequently, we got a lot of patches and hack to avoid saving mutter, compiz, metacity, and the panels in lucid and maverick, so that when someone wanted to start a session, the required components from the session will indeed been launched instead of the saved one. - We tried last week to change the desktop order but it went quite wrong with a lot of settings and we had to revert it. - In addition to that, session saving never really worked with all the default applications we have (for instance, openoffice, firefox…) and even with supported applications like gedit: the opened documents weren't started again, making the feature quite useless.

The information above was derived from this source (visit this link for the full details):

Maybe you could suspend your computer instead of logging out? I believe that "saves" your session as well, as everything is there when you bring your computer back from being suspended.

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Hibernation could be another alternative to suspending. – Christopher Kyle Horton Dec 7 '11 at 1:47

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