I'm trying to run a script automatically on bootup but am unable to do so because

  • my Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 doesn't have a Startup Applications manager
  • I can't add any custom scripts through running Tweak tool (with sudo priveledges) since it only allows to add existing applications
  • I'm unable to install Startup applications because every time I trying to install gnome-session-properties, it tells me to install gnome-session-bin, which is already currently installed and at the newest level of update.

Can someone please help me find an alternative or a fix for 14.10?

  • If you're using Gnome Ubuntu, you should already have gnome-session-properties in your system, what happens when you try running gnome-session-properties? Try reinstalling gnome-session-bin. Feb 14, 2015 at 17:05
  • gnome-session-properties is not there for his system.
    – RichieHH
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:46

2 Answers 2


You can use Arronax to create a starter for your script and save it into $HOME/.config/autostart/ (that's "User Autostart Folder" in the "Standard Folders" list in the lower left of the "Save File" dialog)


The startup applications GUI can be made to re-appear by removing a gnome3 ppa: $ sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

This hasn't had any bad effects on my 14.10 system, and the startup application re-appeared.

You can also figure out the scripts in ~/.config/autostart/, and in /etc/init.d/, and use those to manage your startup programs.

There is also a program Arronax at http://www.florian-diesch.de/software/arronax/, but I have no experience with this software.

  • Installing a PPA for this is not good. PPAs risk the integrity of the system.
    – RichieHH
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:47

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