autostart confusion

Jeremy Whiting jpwhiting at
Fri Nov 7 06:53:36 GMT 2014

Answering myself in case anyone is interested in the cause and
possible solutions. I discussed this with Luca this evening and
problem cause and possible solutions are on the plasma-devel list.

On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM, Jeremy Whiting <jpwhiting at> wrote:
> Hey all,
> In kdelibs4 times one used to be able to put any script into
> ~/.kde/Autostart/ make it executable and when startkde ran it would
> launch those scripts. In kf5/plasma next time ~/.config/autostart
> should be able to do likewise, but doesn't seem to. On one hand the
> autostart kcm shows scripts there under a Scripts header and lets you
> choose whether they should be ran at startup, or shutdown, or Pre-KDE
> startup, yet they are never launched.
> I took a look at the kinit klauncher autostart code and it only ever
> looked for .desktop files under these autostart paths, even in my
> clone of kdelibs it never looked for anything without a .desktop
> extension. How did launching of non .desktop file stuff ever work?
> Once I know that maybe I can make it work again in plasma-next/kf5
> environment.
> thanks,
> Jeremy

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