How do you make Yate (VoIP telephony) start automatically at startup?

I've read this excellent post about adding Startup Applications on login, what I'd like to know is the startup command for Yate specifically.

Add Startup Program (Ubuntu 14.04):

Screenshot: Add Startup Program (Ubuntu 14.04)

Bonus point if you can offer a link to a list of common startup application commands!


2 Answers 2


I doubt if you are able to give the bonus point with one point rep :), but the command for yate is:


The commands for globally installed (GUI) applications are found in their corresponding .desktop files in /usr/share/applications. It is hard to say what are "common" applications, but you can simply open the (any) file in there (drag it over an opened gedit window) and look for the first line, starting with Exec=, followed by the command you are looking for.


You can use a script to read all relevant .desktop files for you and find the command in it:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import os

dr = "/usr/share/applications"
for f in [f for f in os.listdir(dr) if f.endswith(".desktop")]:
        s = open(dr+"/"+f).read()
        if not "NoDisplay=true" in s:
            command = [l.split("=")[-1] for l in s.splitlines() if l.startswith("Exec=")][0]
            print(f, "|", command)

How to use

  • Copy the script into an empty file, save it as search_commands.py
  • Run it by the command:

    python3 /path/to/search_commands.py

It wil list all commands of GUI applications, globally installed, looking like:

guake.desktop | guake
xmind.desktop | XMind
gnome-terminal.desktop | gnome-terminal
idle-python2.7.desktop | /usr/bin/idle-python2.7
xfce4-screenshooter.desktop | xfce4-screenshooter
yate-qt4.desktop | yate-qt4
indicator-multiload.desktop | indicator-multiload

As you can see, yate-qt4.desktop | yate-qt4 mentions the command you are looking for is yate-qt4

  • Yes! yate-qt4 does the trick and your solution for outputting the complete list of Ubuntu startup commands is really helpful! Thanks a lot.
    – Jacket
    Oct 28, 2015 at 22:59

OK, so I'm trying to teach you how to fish instead of giving you just a fish, so bear with me for a moment here.

So you have installed yate, probably with sudo apt-get install yate but then you don't know the command for it ( which is actually is . . .yate . . .very anticlimactic . . . ). Well, there's a method to it.

What you install with sudo apt-get install yate is a package named yate, but then there is actual executable file called yate. In this case it's easy - they're named the same. It's a bit more tricky when package and command are different, e.g. nm-tool is a command,but it belongs to network-manager package.

Why is this important ? Every package installed with apt-get uses dpkg as back-end , and in the /var/lib/dpkg/info folder we have *.list files per each package. yate also has one: /var/lib/dpkg/info/yate.list There you have list of all the files that yate package installs onto your computer, including the actual command/executable. Knowing that typically executables go into /usr/bin folder , we conclude that /usr/bin/yate is the actual command. You can double check that by calling it form terminal. So that's the command you want to put as autostart entry.

As for typical autostart entries . . .there is no typical ones, but Ubuntu does have some default autostart entries (which are hidden by default), in /etc/xdg/autostart folder

  • This is interesting, though didn't solve the Yate startup issue - the command yate doesn't start the application. It's since been correctly answered by @Jacob-Vlijm.
    – Jacket
    Oct 28, 2015 at 22:56

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