If I go to Settings, Applications, Startup, all I see is:

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I remember I had added a few startup scripts (conky etc) and applications (xbindkeys) but I cannot see them there.

I think they were added with a different tool or something.

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    Yeah, the Edit is a major feature lacking in elementary's 'Startup'.
    – Gabriel
    Jul 9, 2015 at 13:52

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In Freya

The tool I used is gnome-session-properties (of the gnome-session-bin package, installed by default)

To launch it I had created a desktop file like so:

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/startup.desktop


[Desktop Entry]
Comment=View apps starting with the system
GenericName=Startup Applications

It shows:

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It has edit option.

But it seems that for security reasons in Freya stable the default startup options which were accessible in Freya beta with this tool (see here, from this older answer (that I had forgotten about!)) are now hidden, and only the new custom options are visible.

In Loki

In Loki ' Settings, Applications, Startup' shows the same items as gnome-session-properties.

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But the latter still has the advantage of providing an option to edit the entries (in the former one has to remove and add again an entry in order to modify it).

A cool feature in both tools is the possibility to use drag&drop of application launcher files (the kind of .desktop files found in the applications folders) onto the window in order to add new startup items. Only such files can be added in this way, not scripts; in order to add scripts, you have to use the 'Add' option.

  • Are you using Luna? gnome-session-properties does not seem to be available in Freya.
    – Gabriel
    Jul 9, 2015 at 13:54
  • I tried installing it in Freya too with sudo apt-get install gnome-session-properties but it tells me that the package isn't available. You installed this in Freya without adding a PPA?
    – Gabriel
    Jul 9, 2015 at 13:56
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    Yep, they are all enabled. Do you remember how you installed that app? Also, gnome-session-bin is already installed in Freya by default apparently.
    – Gabriel
    Jul 9, 2015 at 14:07
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    @Gabriel - I have installed my system from a live iso that I was able to test right now and can confirm that in a live session of Freya stable (elementaryos-freya-amd64.20150411.iso) the file gnome-session-properties is present in /usr/share and working.
    – user170
    Jul 9, 2015 at 14:30
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    Indeed, it is installed and simply launching it from terminal works. It's odd that the system is not recognizing it as installed or even installable, I'm sure it has something to do with the bug I mentioned above. Thank you for helping me debug this!
    – Gabriel
    Jul 9, 2015 at 14:33

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