I'm using 12.04 LTS. I'm trying to run a python script as an autostart but it acts abnormally (but works perfectly when started via terminal or IDLE). I'm beginning to suspect that something in the .desktop file could be playing a role. I'm looking for documentation for *.desktop files located in ~/.config/autostart/ or even a broader description of the whole autostart process. I would like to know what the supported line items are in the *.desktop files and the possible settings for each. Is there a man page that covers this?

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The documentation you are looking for is here and especially here

  • Thank you. Do you know where to find the "X-GNOME"-specific options documentation?
    – JB0x2D1
    Jan 18, 2014 at 19:13
  • @JB0x2D1 Unfortunately I don't know and my google-fu didn't help either. The GNOME guys' pages only reference that freedesktop page for the specifications and that freedesktop page only say that X- are extended specifications. :(
    – falconer
    Jan 18, 2014 at 19:59
  • @JB0x2D1 But most of the specific X-GNOME- entries can be found out what they mean, one-by-one, just a complete list is not available (or at least I can't find it.)
    – falconer
    Jan 18, 2014 at 20:00

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