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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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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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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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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 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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“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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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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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 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 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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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 a specific program on startup?

How to delay a program such as cairo-dock (No openGL) or firefox Sometimes it crashes when started with other startup apps. I want it to start 10 seconds late so it will not crash. Thank you, (I'm ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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? Thanks!
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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 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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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 can I make Shutter open at startup?

How can i make the application, Shutter (takes screenshots) open at startup? I know about sys > prefs > statup applications, but after I go to add what do I fill out the form with? Shutter isn't a ...
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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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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 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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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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Turn off sound at startup

I am just wondering how to turn off sound at startup? I searched the web, and found a couple of solutions like: Write "amixer sset Master off" in /etc/rc.local Use sudo alsactl store But neither ...
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Which startup applications can I safely turn off?

I see: Bluetooth manager Certificate and key storage check for new hardware drivers disk notifications GNOME login sound GSettings Data Conversion Network Manager NVDIA X Server Settings Power ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I stop terminal and firefox from launching on startup?

Hi everyone and first of all, thanks for your attention - I appreciate it! Here my problem. I'm new to linux, although I'm a web programmer so command line doesn't look weird to me, and I'm now ...
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How do I launch a GUI application as root on user login?

I would like to launch a Gnome application with root privileges at login. I have tried adding a script to launch using update-rc.d myscript.sh defaults. It looks like the application does launch, ...
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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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How to run logkeys

I just installed logkeys from Software center. I am finding it hard to run it. Its documentation page doesnt help much either. 1. How do I run it? 2. Can I bind the start up with a key combination? ...
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Remove welcome screen from Live USB?

I created a Live Ubuntu 10.10 with persistent storage on a USB drive. On every boot the Welcome screen appears where you can select the language and choose to try Ubuntu Live or to install Ubuntu. ...
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How can I run gedit with a different configuration

I want to use gedit as a programming IDE and as a regular text editor. Would I be able to make some .desktop file to load a different configuration?
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Why does my system boot so slowly?

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 a few days ago. It is really awesome but the problem is that it takes unusually long time (about 20 minutes) for the login screen to appear after the Ubuntu startup screen. ...
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Volume setting isn't remembered after restart/shutdown

This is my first time here and I'm new to linux and also to Ubuntu. I've installed first version 11.10 and there was some problems with the unity dock and also the problem with the volume not being ...
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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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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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Run a startup script with lightdm

I have a tablet PC and the graphics driver doesn't support xrandr, so in order to rotate the screen I run a script which changes the Xorg.conf file and then restarts lightdm. I also have a script ...
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Changing brightness at startup

My Lenovo T440s starts up with maximum brightness. Following this thread I have tried to alter rc.local, but this does not work. When I execute the command cat ...
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How can I autostart a SSH -D tunnel at login for a SOCKS proxy?

I know that if I want to start an SSH tunnel ssh -d 9000 user@userserver This is one solution for a dynamic tunnel to be opened on port 9000 for a user named "user" on the host "userserver" ...
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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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Why does Plymouth boot in fallback text mode?

When starting my system, Plymouth doesn't show graphics but uses the fallback text mode. However, it runs normally (that is, with graphics) on shutdown. Why is that?