I couple of versions of Ubuntu ago I setup a program to start automatically when the computer turns on. It is of no use to me at this point, and I want to disable it now. The problem is, I can't figure out how I did it. I've looked in:

  • Startup Applications (gnome-session-properties)
  • ~/.config/autostart
  • ~/.config/gnome-session/saved-session/
  • /etc/init.d/
  • /etc/gdm/

Is there somewhere else I might have set it? Or is there a way to trace how a running program was started? Couldn't find anything like that in System Monitor.

  • what is the application?
    – Achu
    Aug 14, 2011 at 21:01
  • @Achu: The program is an on-screen keyboard: onboard
    – Jonah
    Aug 14, 2011 at 21:07
  • Have you looked at gnome-session-properties ?
    – desgua
    Aug 14, 2011 at 21:24
  • @desgua: I don't think so, where is that?
    – Jonah
    Aug 14, 2011 at 21:25
  • You can access the gnome-session-properties by pressing alt+f2 and typing in gnome-session-properties
    – Gus E
    Aug 14, 2011 at 21:35

2 Answers 2


Just grep it:

sudo grep -IRF onboard /etc 2> /dev/null

and if unsuccessful

grep -lIRF onboard ~/.[^.]* 2> /dev/null
  • The second one (sans the 2> /dev/null part, because I wanted to see where it was) turned up two results: ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-settings/gedit/%gconf.xml and ~/.gconf/desktop/gnome/applications/at/%gconf.xml. Removing the onboard bit fixed the problem. There's no way I would have known about those files: what program could have set those entries?
    – Jonah
    Aug 14, 2011 at 22:54
  • Isn't it one of those accessibility thingies? library.gnome.org/admin/gdm/stable/…
    – arrange
    Aug 14, 2011 at 23:13
  • I don't know. I just hope it's safe to remove the code, and it's not actually supposed to be left alone and is called by the actual setting... . In any case, I only commented it out, I didn't delete it.
    – Jonah
    Aug 14, 2011 at 23:48

Not sure this GUI existed 11 years ago, but on Ubuntu 22.04 you have gnome-session-properties you can open from a terminal or open Startup Applications via the Activities overview.


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