How to list in the terminal "only" start-up applications (the ones that you find normally in "Startup Application Preferences" Dialog box on Fedora Mate Desktop). This question can be generalized to Ubuntu or any other Linux Distro.

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Typically user configured autostart applications are in ~/.config/autostart.

You can make a .desktop file to add new autostart applications. See the end of this answer for an example .desktop file: https://askubuntu.com/questions/48321/how-do-i-start-applications-automatically-on-login

  • Thanks for the reply. I don't think the file exist on Fedora 24. Any alternatives?
    – HB87
    Oct 6, 2016 at 15:40
  • It's not a file, it's a folder that you can add files to. See the end of this answer for an example: askubuntu.com/questions/48321/… Oct 6, 2016 at 15:41
  • That is not my question. I don't want to add anything to start-up applications (by putting a .desktop file). I just want to list them through shell (terminal). in other words I want to list the exact list in the GUI form of start-up applications. Maybe redirect the content to a text file later
    – HB87
    Oct 6, 2016 at 15:44
  • If you run "ls -alh ~/.config/autostart" you should see a list of applications that are autostarted. Oct 6, 2016 at 15:45
  • Sorry again. Thousand thank you for your help. It appears that I don't have a directory called autostart in the first place. "No such file or directory"
    – HB87
    Oct 6, 2016 at 15:47
awk '/Exec/ {print "Command :",$0}'  ~/.config/autostart/*.desktop

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