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I would like to stop gnome-session trying to launch an application each time I login, namely gnome-screensaver.desktop (since I have uninstalled in favor of xscreensaver so currently get a syslog error about not being able to find gnome-screensaver, of course because it was removed).

Is there somewhere that lists the applications gnome-session will try to launch that I can edit?

I thought it might be something to do with ~/.config/gnome-session or maybe /usr/share/gnome/autostart/, but I don't see any gnome-screensaver reference....maybe it can be changed with gsettings?

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Finally, used sudo find / -iname "gnome-screensaver.desktop", which showed me the presence of gnome-screensaver.desktop in /etc/xdg/autostart/, which was responsible for trying to load the uninstalled gnome-screensaver at each startup. Removing this file removed the error from syslog.

  • You can also remove the configuration files by doing sudo apt-get purge gnome-screensaver – Anwar Oct 4 '16 at 4:06

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