I am configuring a box with openbox (with GNOME under the scenes), and I want to run the .desktop files in /etc/xdg/autostart/ from a script at login.

But xdg-open and gnome-open do not seem to do what I want (unless I use them in the wrong way).

I am looking for a standard command, and don't want to parse the desktop files looking for the Exec line.

Also welcome would be an indication on how to tell openbox to start those desktop files in some other way, and without an ad hoc script.