What is the difference between removing a startup-application and un-checking it?

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In this example, what is the difference between leaving "Snap user application autostart helper" unchecked verses clicking "Remove"?

  • If you remove it, its representation in ~/.config/autostart/ (.desktop file) is deleted.
  • If you uncheck it, its line in the .desktop file:


    is changed into:


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In your specific case:

The original of the .desktop file in your example resides in /etc/xdg/autostart, which is the "global" directory for autostart applications. These work for all users. If you uncheck one of these, a local copy is made, with the changes I described.
The local, "unchecked" one will then overrule the one in /etc/xdg/autostart.

  • Thanks. And then to add it back, it looks like one needs to know the command to launch. Which isn't that hard to find, but can be a pain. It seems like there is no disadvantage to un-checking if you think you may EVER want it to be a start-up application again. – Shai Aug 28 '18 at 15:50
  • @Shai Right! no harm in just leaving it unchecked. – Jacob Vlijm Aug 28 '18 at 16:01

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