Is there a way for saving a session in 11.04 ?


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No, this feature was dropped: http://www.linux-archive.org/ubuntu-desktop/478109-gnome-session-saving-dropped-natty.html

There is a bug filed for this (so, someone might be willing at some point to restore the feature): https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/773688

But from my own experience, the feature was completely unpredictable: even the File Manager windows were not always restored and those restored were at different spaces/positions etc.


This setting is still available in the configuration editor. (Open dash, type gconf-editor and it should show up).

Now, you need to navigate to /apps/gnome-session/options.

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When you autosave your session, you do not have to do anything afterwords (like loading a session file in nautilus). It will automatically save the programs you have running as startup applications.

  • I read from a post in February that they had removed this feature because it was broken, does this in fact still work? If so I will add this to an answer I made a few days ago.
    – Alan
    May 1, 2011 at 22:48
  • @Alan: I have not tested it myself, but others have said it was working. I think it slows down login time though, and it's a bit complicated to undo (so it is still technically "broken").
    – RolandiXor
    May 1, 2011 at 22:50
  • The command to run is actually gconf-editor. I edited the answer to say so, but it is pending approval. May 11, 2011 at 6:58
  • @JoshGlover: Yes, the command is gconf-editor, but the Desktop File is "Configuration Editor".
    – RolandiXor
    May 11, 2011 at 15:48
  • @Roland: sure, but opening a terminal and typing config didn't work for me. :) May 12, 2011 at 7:34

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