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Is there such a tool?

My desktop as of late is taking longer to load than usual. I'd say it takes more than 20 seconds from GDM login until I see the desktop. Aside from disabling all app-indicators and testing it manually one by one, what else should be done? The only indicator I remember activating lately was bluetooth and I have already disabled it from Startup Applications. No improvement.

I know of bootchart, but I don't really have a problem with boot. It is only after I login that the issue occurs. I'm on Natty Narwhal.

*Updating this thread.... The issue seems to have fixed itself and I did not even do anything. It is really weird. I guess this is how Gnome works (and talk about not recognizing your theme and reverting to Windows 95-like look. How about that?). I have been a long time KDE user and I never encountered issues like this one. The KDE then may have booted into the desktop longer (from KDM) but at least I know it was consistent.

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This thread on Ubuntu forums looks very close to the problem I am having: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1766139. It's not resolved. Just this last login (from cold boot), I timed the loading close to a minute before desktop shows. –  Marky Jan 10 '12 at 17:33

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(The problem was solved by the OP)

The issue seems to have fixed itself and I did not even do anything. It is really weird. I guess this is how Gnome works (and talk about not recognizing your theme and reverting to Windows 95-like look. How about that?). I have been a long time KDE user and I never encountered issues like this one. The KDE then may have booted into the desktop longer (from KDM) but at least I know it was consistent.

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Just so you know, press 'esc' on the ubuntu splash screen (with the loading dots) to see the log and see what's going on. –  Marco Scannadinari Apr 8 '12 at 18:34
    
Ummm the boot up duration was not the issue here. (I'm referring of boot as the time from POWER ON to GDM for clarity). It took the normal time to boot on my machine. The problem is when I login to my account it took like half a minute or even more for the desktop to load, i.e. See the Launcher/Unity visible. Otherwise it's like half a minute++ of wallpaper. –  Marky Jun 1 '12 at 3:07

You can see the booting process in command line style. Edit /etc/default/grub

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Un-comment the line:

GRUB_TERMINAL=console

Now the update the grub

sudo update-grub

Restart your system. Next boot it will show all process loading during boot. So you can easily determine which program takes long time to load.

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Again, the boot up process was not the issue. It was loading from GDM login to Unity desktop that's causing the delay. But it got fixed without me doing anything. –  Marky Jun 1 '12 at 3:08

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