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Is there a way to save current session (the applications + the organization of windows in desktops) in Unity and load it when needed? I'm using 11.10.

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No - as you've described is not currently possible in 11.04 & 11.10

You may read this bug report, comment 24 in particular


or here is a more complete explanation (too long to copy here)?


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I have made a workaround that is a script that helps to configure your session. Just paste this at terminal:

cd ~/ && wget -c http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4098082/session.config && chmod +x ~/session.config && ~/session.config

You can view the code of script ( http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4098082/session.config ), there are explanations in each part. It will create a startup script which will move to each viewport and open the specified application.

Also you can run it whenever you want just press Alt + F2 and paste ~/.sessionconf.


To remove any changes made by my script just delete this files:

  • ~/session.config
  • ~/sessionconf
  • ~/sessionconf.bak
  • ~/.config/autostart/sessionconf.desktop

Or run this at terminal:

rm ~/session.config ; rm ~/sessionconf ; rm ~/sessionconf.bak ; rm ~/.config/autostart/sessionconf.desktop  
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You can do this: killall gnome-session. As we know that entering the command sudo gnome-session-save --logout will log out the system. This will save the current session on Unity. I have tried this.

Or may be you can read about how to make a program auto-start everytime you log in.

Or you can try this gconf-editor key:

/apps/gnome-session/options/auto_save_session = true
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What is gnome-session-save? I get "command not found". And I can't find it in repository. "Unable to locate package gnome-session-save". –  Sanjay Manohar yesterday

dconf write /org/gnome/gnome-session/auto-save-session true Should enable this for you.

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Not working on 14.04 :( –  AlikElzin-kilaka Jan 29 at 23:20
I also cannot get it to work on 14.04. The property is changed correctly, but nothing gets restored. Do you know where the session data is stored? That way I could find out if it's actually being saved. –  Sanjay Manohar yesterday

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