Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Thu Mar 2 20:02:55 GMT 2006

hi all...

on the xdg list there's been some discussion with issues surrounding autostart 

security issues related to apps being allowed to simply write into the 
autostart/ directory were raised on the one hand, and cross-desktop issues 
were raised on the other.

it was suggested by thiago that in kde we should move away from 
X-KDE-autostart-condition since it's KDE specific and doesn't work very well 
in a not-all-KDE world. instead applications should simply add a .desktop 
file to the user's autostart directory with Hidden=true or Hidden=false

to ensure that the latter happens i suggested we provide a utility class that 
app developers can use easily to set autostart on/off. this has the happy 
side effect of future proofing how this is handled by apps in case the 
methods used to accomplish this change, such as the addition of a command 
line tool to add/remove autostart .desktop files for security reasons or if 
we move away from .desktop files for this (though that's unlikely?)

attached is an API for such a class for review. if it is accepted i'd like to 
add this for KDE4 as one of the "KDE component" classes rather than add it to 
kdecore and then later move it.

Aaron J. Seigo
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Full time KDE developer sponsored by Trolltech (http://www.trolltech.com)
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