I am using Bodhi Linux, and vino-server in it. I can connect neatly from Win 10, following the same procedure I am used to do to connect to Ubuntu boxes.

Now I want vino-server to start automatically on boot. What I use in Ubuntu (1. Add vino-server to startup applications, 2. Have Gnome automatically logging into my user (source)) didn't work for me here. The reason: I could not find a way to startup an arbitrary application in Bodhi Linux. I found how to add startup applications only from a given list, and vino-server is not in there (source: "There doesn't appear to be a way to add custom commands or scripts in the tool so if the utility or application is not found automatically it may require further research to add it").

Other alternatives repeatedly found (which I never tried in Ubuntu) did not work for me here:

  1. Setting up a ~/.config/autostart/vino_server.desktop file (source).
  2. Starting vino-server as a service (source).

The contents of my ~/.config/autostart/vino_server.desktop is

[Desktop Entry]
Name=vino Server

How can I make this work?
(perhaps finding a way to add an arbitrary application at startup, method #1 above).

Note: In my case, I don't have $XDG_CONFIG_HOME set (I do have many other $XDG_... variables). I don't know the reason for this, and whether this may cause vino_server.desktop not being run on login, method #1.
As per this, "a compliant desktop environment (for the freedesktop.org / XDG Base Directory Specification) will search $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/autostart for any .desktop files and execute them on startup. So a missing $XDG_CONFIG_HOME might be a problem.
OTOH, official documentation states that "$XDG_CONFIG_HOME defines the base directory relative to which user-specific configuration files should be stored. If $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is either not set or empty, a default equal to $HOME/.config should be used." I don't know if the latter means one should expect $XDG_CONFIG_HOME to be always set, unless Moksha (the desktop environment) were not XDG-compliant.


  1. https://askubuntu.com/questions/178567/how-to-add-a-program-as-a-startup-application-from-a-terminal
  2. https://askubuntu.com/questions/598195/how-to-add-a-script-to-startup-applications-from-the-command-line
  3. https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/startup-applications.html.en
  4. https://vitux.com/how-to-manage-startup-applications-in-ubuntu/
  5. https://www.shells.com/l/en-US/tutorial/How-to-Manage-Startup-Programs-on-Ubuntu-Linux

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This showed me how to add applications to start with login.

I added /usr/lib/vino/vino-server to .e/e/applications/startup/startupcommands, logged out, logged in, and I had vino-server running. One of the few points where I found Bodhi differs from Ubuntu, so far.

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