I want to startup an always run but seldom actually used application to start on another workspace, so I don't have to manually do it each session start.
Can this be done, and if so, how?
A great app for this is
First, thanks to Scott Severance I found out how to do this. But I wanted to flesh out his answer to make it easier for new Ubuntu users.
Note: This works with Metacity window manager, the default window manager for Ubuntu desktop.
First download and install gDevilspie (I used Ubuntu Software Center)
When I tried to run it, it failed. But thanks to AskUbuntu I found the fix...
So start the application so its window is open, then fire up gDevilspie...
Click the ✔box so the daemon will startup at launch and then hit the add button...
Now give our rule a name.
Then identify the application's window for the new rule using its properties. Two ways to do this:
The 2nd way is safer because window name can change. Open a terminal and type in xprop | grep WM_CLASS The mouse cursor will change to a plus. Move the new cursor so it's over the desired application window, and click it. The wm_class will appear in the terminal...
Now click the Actions tab, and check the ✔box for set workspace then set the desired workspace...
If you like, check out the rule...
Now save the rule using the Save button...
And start the daemon if it's not running already.
Note: You can do lots with gDevilspie (
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You can use Place Windows plugin of Compiz (CompizConfig Settings -> Window Management section -> Place Windows):
And then choose the window and viewport (in this example, i choose Firefox):
Also, if you want that window to start maximized you can set that in