I have some programs I have added to the Startup-Applications list and they all work fine at start up.

I'd like to back up those entries but I cannot find them. I searched online and found that /etc/xdg/autostart contains a lot of Ubuntu stuff, but not the ones I added.

What Folder data do I have to backup such that a restore will reinstate my added Startup Applications.


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    in lubuntu they are found in /home/user/.config/autostart
    – ptetteh227
    Apr 11, 2018 at 13:48
  • @ptetteh227, please convert your comment into an answer.
    – pa4080
    Apr 11, 2018 at 14:07
  • @ptetteh227: Thanks. That is already included in the backup so not sure what went wrong after the Restore as I had to add it manually again. I am using BackinTime so no idea why StartUp Applications didn't find it. Thanks again anyway. The app might not have been installed at that point as I can't remember the sequence I did things in, so thanks for that tip too. Apr 11, 2018 at 15:15
  • +1 I will check my daily backup for this too. Perhaps your restore wouldn't go over newer file of a fresh installation? Apr 11, 2018 at 15:20

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Considering you added the programs to autostart yourself then they would be located in /home/<user>/.config/autostart as .desktop files. you can copy all the files for your backup. To restore you can return them to that same location. For them to work, the application they are pointing to must be installed.

If you use lubuntu another location where autostart program/commands can be found is inside the file /home/<user>/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart.

  • +1 I just added /home/<user>/.config/autostart to my daily gmail.com backup. Apr 13, 2018 at 0:56

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