I'm searching for a way to prevent gwibber-service from starting, but I can find none under Oneiric.

For a start, I confirmed that "Start service at login" was still unchecked in Gwibber preferences (it is), but gwibber-service still starts automatically at each login. So, I cross-checked under "Startup Applications..." (there is no entry for Gwibber there), I searched to see if there's an upstart job for gwibber-service (there is none), and I looked for a gwibber-service script in /etc/X11/Xsession.d (there is none).

So, I'm out of ideas. Do you know how to prevent gwibber-service from starting, or do you know other places where to look?

For further context, I had the "Start service at login" option already unckecked before upgrading to Oneiric. It used to work under Natty, but it no longer does.

  • There was a similar question once askubuntu.com/questions/9197/…
    – falstaff
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:24
  • @falstaff The old question is irrelevant for at least two reasons: there is no longer a Gwibber entry under startup applications and I don't want to uninstall gwibber-service, just to disable it from automatically running.
    – tawmas
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:33
  • @falstaff I see the reference to Oneiric has been removed from my question title. I updated the question body.
    – tawmas
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:42

2 Answers 2


Maybe disabling using gconftool helps?

gconftool-2 --set /apps/gwibber/preferences/autostart --type bool false
  • I just checked: it is already disabled (and I believe it is the setting controlled by the checkbox in the preferences UI).
    – tawmas
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:29
  • The question I posted above concludes that indicator-me package is using this service, so it might be a problem of that starting the service although disabled...
    – falstaff
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:34
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    There might be a problem with the condition from gconf, move the autostart file from /etc/xdg/autostart to another directory, e.g. sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/gwibber.desktop ~
    – falstaff
    Sep 9, 2011 at 14:38
  • Didn't know about /etc/xdg/autostart... sigh... I see the file has a line reading AutostartCondition=GSettings org.gwibber.preferences autostart, but the setting is ignored anyway. I should probably file a bug, and I'll remove the desktop file as a workaround. Thanks.
    – tawmas
    Sep 9, 2011 at 15:45
  • thank you, will try that, to see if it helps - does it works the same way to disable BEAM service?!?
    – user44790
    Feb 3, 2012 at 9:33

You can disable it by disabling it in Startup Applications. Before going to Startup Applications make sure you made visible hidden applications with this:

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

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