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In Windows you press the shift key when you login to disable any startup scripts from running. Is there an equivalent action in Ubuntu?

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No, this is not possible.

There are 2 sorts of scripts:

  • scripts that are started as part of the system and affect all users.
  • scripts that are started when you log in as part of your own session.

Both do not have a keyboard switch to turn them off or on on the fly.

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  • Makes sense as Linux is more security focused – Myka Mar 18 '13 at 21:48
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Go to dash and search startup, some are hidden for security reasons so in the terminal type this

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

And then try the startup application.

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  • Is this change then forever? – Myka Mar 18 '13 at 19:49
  • Yes just like msconfig in windows you will have to re enable them to run at start up. – Goku Mar 18 '13 at 19:52
  • Will give it a go – Myka Mar 18 '13 at 19:54
  • Ok post your findings. – Goku Mar 18 '13 at 20:00
  • How does this disable scripts? It just makes the links visible! – guntbert Mar 18 '13 at 20:22

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