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 running Xubuntu. I have made several configurations and installations and it's now working fine, except for this weird thing: terminal window and firefox browser are launching as soon as I log into my account. Does anybody know how such thing could be happening?

I have rebooted several times, logged in/off as well, but both terminal and firefox window come up automatically every time I start a session.

Has anybody run into this before? How can i find a solution to make those apps NOT start on startup?

Thanks again! Hope someone can help me hehe

  • Thanks a lot for your comment @Matthew but that wasn't really the case this time. I'll keep an eye on those settings though for a possible similar event in the future!
    – prubini87
    Apr 27, 2012 at 2:59

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There are two possible reasons why the application is started: It is saved in the last session or it is listed in the auto started applications. Follow 1 of the two steps below to get rid of the applications.

  • Start the xfce4-autostart-editor and remove the application(s). You can also manually delete those files in ~/Desktop/Autostart and ~/.config/autostart.

  • Most of the time closing all the applications and save your session when you logout is sufficient. If this doesn't work, remove the content of the ~/.cache/sessions/ directory when you're not logged in. And if you don't want xfce remember every session you should turn off (uncheck) “Automatically save session on logout” in Settings Manager → Sessions and Startup (tab General)

Reference: 1.

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    Thanks a lot @desgua! You helped me find the solution: I just had to remove all files in ~/.cache/sessions/ and that's it - no unwanted apps loading on session startup anymore.
    – prubini87
    Apr 27, 2012 at 3:05
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    I'm glad it worked :-)
    – desgua
    Apr 27, 2012 at 9:33
  • There is another checkbox to save the session in the logout dialog. In my case I had to uncheck that one. I then had to delete ~/.cache/sessions to get rid of the last session that was saved. Aug 2, 2013 at 4:45
  • What is this xfce4-autostart-editor? It's not installed in 13.04 and it's not in the repos. Has it another name? Nov 13, 2013 at 21:42
  • You should ask it as a new question.
    – desgua
    Nov 16, 2013 at 21:35

The first step is to open startup apps and see what is there, might be as easy as that, if those apps are in startup, you can just remove them

Another option to consider is ubuntu tweak, it can help you regulate how things start

  • Thanks @dewb! I've checked which apps were opening at startup but neither Firefox or xterminal (xfce terminal) were in the list (I have posted what worked out for me under @desgua's answer).
    – prubini87
    Apr 27, 2012 at 3:08
  • About xubuntu, well, xfce runs much faster than gnome for me (I'm running linux in a notebook) and since xubuntu comes with it by default, I picked it up :)
    – prubini87
    Apr 27, 2012 at 3:21

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