In spite of having enabled my weather indicator on the list of the Startup Applications, it never starts on startup; I have to do it manually all the time.

The command I entered is:


What am I doing wrong?

  • Hi Hilario, posted. Please mention if all is clear (or not). – Jacob Vlijm Apr 10 '17 at 15:48
  • Sorry I didn't know about that.It's done. – Hilario Ferreira Apr 10 '17 at 21:34

How to find out

I installed my-weather-indicator from its ppa: ppa:atareao/atareaoto find out. Its .desktop file in /usr/share/applications includes the line:


which indicates the command you need to run is:


You can see the content of the file by running the command:

cat /usr/share/applications/extras-my-weather-indicator.desktop


gedit /usr/share/applications/extras-my-weather-indicator.desktop

Sometimes launchers (.desktop files) have multiple lines, starting with

To add it to Startup Applications

Choose Dash > Startup Applications > Add, and add the command


More information

The command you tried does not include the path to the executable:


This only works if the executable is in $PATH. The application however is installed in:


You can find out which directories are in $PATH by the command:

echo $PATH

A simple GUI based answer is,

  • Right-click on the indicator and select Preferences
  • In the Preferences window, click on General options and check the Autostart option.

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