It seems that Chrome adds two autostart entries to the Gnome auto start configuration:

  1. Google Chrome => /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --no-startup-window

  2. Google Chrome Service => /opt/google/chrome/chrome --type=service

Is this correct? Because I often get errors about "chrome already running".

2 Answers 2


It's 100% okay. The first one - google-chrome --no-startup-window is default chrome process starter, which makes the user experience much more fluent (for opening new browser windows etc).
The second - chrome --type=service is chrome printing service (you can disable/enable it in chrome settings).

  • Disabling the chrome printing services seems to solve the problem. But I don't understand why turning this on leads to conflicts? If the feature is enabled I receive errors about "unavailable profile" etc.
    – zehrer
    Oct 4, 2012 at 5:42
  • I've seen just a few people asking for help about the same issue, I think you'd need to go to chrome product forum: productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/chrome
    – mrówa
    Oct 4, 2012 at 12:44

This article may help in search for you answer, It is a little old now but still appears to be relevant.

" 6. Howto Start Google Chrome Browser

Once the Google Chrome installation is complete simply navigate to ( Gnome GUI ) "Applications->Internet->Google Chrome" . Google Chrome installed itself into /opt/google/chrome/ directory. It is also possible to start Google chrome from a command line by execution of a following command:

ubuntu-chrome ~$ google-chrome

Google chrome installer had additionally created few symbolic links to integrate the browser to our GUI environment and for this reason Google chrome browser can also be started from a command line using these alternative commands:

> ubuntu-chrome ~$ /usr/bin/x-www-browser
> ubuntu-chrome ~$ /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser

The preceding commands are symbolic links all the way to the actual Google chrome executable binary located within /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome For example, /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser points to /etc/alternatives/gnome-www-browser which points to /usr/bin/google-chrome which leads to /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome and therefore, any of the listed commands can be used to successfully start Google chrome browser. Additionally, upon the first start of Google chrome browser a ~/.config/google-chrome/ directory will be created, which will store all users individual browser settings. Google Chrome will then generously offer you a choice to choose your default search engine to search the web using the omnibox. This is kind of nice o have a choice, and it proves that Google is not afraid of its direct competitors since Google knows that its position on the search engine market will be not that easily shaken. Select a default search engine for Google Chrome: "

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