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How to run scripts on start up?

I was wondering how to run scripts when my computer starts up so I don't have to run scripts manually that I always run?
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How can I deactivate Bluetooth on system startup?

How can I deactivate Bluetooth on system startup?
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6answers
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No Dropbox icon in the indicator panel?

I have recently installed Ubuntu on my machine and everything has been working fine, except I don't see the Dropbox indicator. I have installed and re-installed Dropbox multiple times and can confirm ...
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1answer
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Can I make the webcam take a picture when an incorrect password is entered?

I am using a laptop . I was thinking to have a support in my Ubuntu machine. When an incorrect password is entered, a picture is taken later revealing who has been trying to gain access. I have ...
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2answers
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How do you get a list of all starting services?

I know about the update-rc.d SERVICE OPTIONS command to add and remove services from startup, but how do I use it to get a list of all the services that are currently configured to start at startup? ...
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How do I save/remember last-used window position and size for applications?

When I log in Ubuntu, I would like all windows opened at previous session (terminal and Firefox mainly) to be re-opened automatically at the same size and position. How to proceed?
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How do I disable the boot splash screen, and only show kernel and boot text instead?

I'd like to be able to disable the Ubuntu splash screen that I see on boot with the indicator meter of progress, and replace that with a text-only readout of the boot up process (such as you can get ...
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How do I add/remove the “hidden” startup applications?

How do I manage (add/remove) all the startup applications in Ubuntu 11.10 and up? Startup Applications doesn't show all the applications which are started during boot.
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Unable to format USB drive with Disks (udisks-error-quark, 0)

Upon trying to make a startup disk (USB) for Ubuntu 12.04, the system prevented boot loader installation. I'm getting message: Error synchronizing after initial wipe: Timed out waiting for object ...
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How to install an init.d script?

I am trying to install an init.d script, to run celery for scheduling tasks. Here is the steps I followed: copied the file celeryd and pasted it in folder /etc/init.d/ created a configuration file ...
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How do I improve boot speed?

I have seen many videos that make Ubuntu faster, but only makes the desktop faster. I am looking to make my computer boot faster. Is their anything i can do to make Ubuntu boot significantly faster?
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bashrc or bash_profile?

I know the difference between the two bash login scripts: .bashrc is run only by "non-login" shells. .bash_profile (or .bash_login or .profile) is executed by "login" shells. Does anyone have some ...
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how to stop apache2, mysql from starting automatically as computer starts?

My os is 11.04. I have apache2 & mysql installed. How to stop apache2, mysql from starting automatically as computer starts?
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How do I manage applications on startup in GNOME 3?

I had a nice GUI for changing startup applications (after logging in) on GNOME 2. How can I start that application on GNOME 3? Where can I download it? What is the package name? What command is used ...
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“Waiting for network configuration” adding 3 to 5 minutes to boot time

I get the following pieces of information at the startup, takes about 3 to 5 minutes, while normally about 1 minute: Waiting network configuration Booting system without full network configuration ...
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1answer
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“CRITICAL: We failed, but the fail whale is dead. Sorry…”

When I started up my machine today I got some quite bizarre messages in my syslog: ... Aug 17 18:58:15 Floral-Towel systemd[1349]: Startup finished in 266ms. Aug 17 18:58:15 Floral-Towel ...
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Where are startup commands stored?

When you go to "Startup Applications", you see a list of commands that are executed at startup and you can add your own. I would like to know where this list is stored. Is it in gconf somewhere? ...
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How can I delay a specific program on startup?

How to delay a program such as cairo-dock (No openGL) or Firefox? Sometimes programs crash when started with other startup apps. I want programs to start 10 seconds late to avoid a crash.
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How can I make “rc.local” run on startup?

I have a script that I would like to run when my system starts. I have put it on "rc.local", but it doesn't work. How can I enable it to run on startup?
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How can I make a specific set of iptables rules permanent?

Is there a "best practice" or standard to make a few iptables rules permanent? I mean: automatically applied upon a system reboot? I am using a VPS with Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx). Thank ...
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Lightdm not starting on boot

I installed gdm for a while as my display manager, and after removing it, lightdm does not start by itself. I instead have to login to a tty, and run sudo start lightdm. Running dpkg-reconfigure ...
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How can I delay dropbox from starting, but not disable it?

When I log into my user account on Ubuntu 10.10, there is a unsatisfying delay before my system becomes usable. Even launching a terminal, I have to wait a few seconds before the bash prompt appears. ...
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Why doesn't rc.local run all my commands, and what can I do about it?

I have the following rc.local script: #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel. # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # ...
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Is there any way to set a greeting message in ubuntu?

I love a quote. Now I want every time my computer starts, the quote to be on the screen, like a welcome note.Is there any way to do that in ubuntu 13.04?
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How can I start in safe mode?

I did a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 on an Acer AX1430G desktop. Everything went fine until I installed the additional ATI driver. When I reboot the computer, my monitor gives a "signal out of range" ...
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How do I run a script at start up?

I have a script in a folder: /path/to/my/script.sh I need this script to run every time the system starts (even if no one logs in to the system). What do I need to do in order to make this happen?
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Remotely turning on computer?

I need a simple way to turn on my dell optiplex remotely, and shut it off. Its running ubuntu 13.04. How would i go about that? would i need a separate device to press the power button, or would it ...
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How to add the old startup sound (not login sound)?

I loved that sound. But apparantly they have removed it in this new LTS. Any way to get it back?
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How to make a jar file run on startup & and when you log out?

I have no idea where to start looking. I've been reading about daemons and didn't understand the concept. More details : I've been writing a crawler which never stops and crawlers over RSS in the ...
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How do I tell a start up program to start minimized?

Here is a quesion that has been bugging me. You know how you can set up a program to run on start up right? Well, how can i tell it to start minimized, like you would do in windows? TeamViewer ...
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Why is the command in /etc/rc.local not executed during startup?

I have a single command in my /etc/rc.local script that is supposed to start the update daemon for Tiny Tiny RSS during startup, but the script is not executed during startup. Why? The entire ...
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Start synergy on boot?

I use synergy. I would like to synergy to start as soon as I turn on my computer. How do I do that? To start synergy, the command is: synergys --config ~/.synergy.conf
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Start Dropbox on Startup

I installed dropbox (2.0.26) via the command line instructions here (https://www.dropbox.com/install2). Dropbox is running great except that it won't start on startup. The command given ...
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Remove evolution-calendar-factory from startup

Is there a way of removing it from startup? I don't need it and I'm not using evolution at all.
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How to change the order of startup applications?

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick. I have a long list of startup applications as you can see here: I have added an entry for Google Chrome, and I would like Google Chrome to start like first of all ...
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Start VBoxHeadless VM at startup

I cannot seem to get my VM to run at startup. I tried the "startup applications" and update-rc.d with no luck. sudo update-rc.d startvms defaults 99 10 This created all the appropriate symbolic ...
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Start MySQL on Startup

I installed MySQL, and changed the configuration so the databases are stored on a separate hard drive. In the process MySQL has stopped starting up automatically. When I start the computer, I need to ...
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How do I limit Dropbox's activity on the hard disk?

On startup, Dropbox runs files indexing, which brings the system pretty much to a stand still for three minutes. Is there a way to restrict Dropbox from accessing the hard disk, or decrease the ...
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How to remove or hide the GRUB boot menu?

Recently I decided to use only Ubuntu and there is no Windows in my laptop. When I turn on my laptop the GRUB menu is showing but I don't need to choose OS anymore. How can I remove or hide this? ...
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How do I run Tomboy in the notification area at startup?

I tried adding tomboy in System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications, but this causes the "Search All Notes" window to appear every time I log in. I just want it to run in the notification area so ...
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How to make Guake start at login?

I had to reinstall Ubuntu and always used Guake Terminal and it was always starting when the desktop appeared and I only pressed F12 and it did everything I had to. But now it doesn't start ...
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How can I reduce the time taken to login by postponing/delaying some startup applications?

I have setup some applications to startup on each login (e.g., redshift-gtk, gtg) automatically but after adding these to startup applications (System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications) ...
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Make setxkbmap preferences being set at startup

I'm trying to switch left Ctrl key with caps permanently. But with ubuntu native keyboard layout switcher xmodmap did not persisted (this question). So now i just ditched native switcher and using ...
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Abiword starts automatically each restart

Abiword starts automatically each restart, on any user. Already checked out Startup Applications. Remember session is turned off. (Unwanted application starts automatically when I login) Additional ...
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How do I change the start up sound?

How do i change the start up background music in Ubuntu and can i add any customized music for startup? What are the various ways of setting this?
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What are all the autostart locations in Ubuntu?

I'm a Ubuntu newbie in need of some advice from anyone very familiar with the different Ubuntu startup methodologies. I'm interested in enumerating all the applications that are triggered at startup ...
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Start Transmission in the background

Is there a command I can use to start Trasmission in the background?I added Trasmission to the list of aplications started at startup. Every time after log in the the trasmission window pops up and ...
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How to run a command at login? [duplicate]

I need to run the following command (with real parameters) after login: ssh -f user@example.com -L 54321:example.com:54321 -N I need it only for my user, not all users on the machine. Also, I need ...
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'starting version 219' bug after the 15.04 update

After update my system to 15.04, I have an error message at the boot: 'starting build 219'. The bug is known, its recommend to go to console mode and enter this command: sudo systemctl enable ...
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Can a single Nautilus window be started with multiple tabs?

When I fist start Nautilus I invariably open five favourite tabs.. I've tried multiple URIs from the command line, but it opened multiple windows. Is it possible to somehow do this via ...