How to use the KDE application link to start a console app in a specified working dir

Salane KIng sking4 at
Fri Oct 31 03:57:09 GMT 2003

On Thursday 30 October 2003 12:45 am, Parzival Herzog wrote:
> I am a Windows habituated person learning to use Linux and KDE, currently I
> am having the following problem, and neither KDE docs nor Google can shed
> any light on it:
> I am trying to automatically start the spambayes proxy server (a Python
> script), at login. I thought that placing an entry in the ~/.kde/Autostart
> directory would do the trick. So I created a "Link to Application" in this
> directory. I tried several things as the "Command",
> 1, the full path to the python script that implemets the spambayes server
> 2, python (the full path to the script)
> 3, a bash script containing a cd to the spambayes server working directory
>    (wherein it finds a configuration file) and the command (2) above.
> In all of these cases the "Run in terminal" option is checked.
> Then I double click the link to test this. A terminal window briefly
> appears and then disappears. (BTW, if I type command (1), or (2)  above in
> a Konsole, the server always starts and there are no problems)
> I would like (a) to be able to have the terminal window not close on the
> failure I describe above, so I can read the Python traceback and possibly
> diagnose the problem; and (b) be able to set the working directory that the
> server is started in on automatic start.
> I have tried using "-i" as a Terminal option, assuming that it would set
> the bash -i (interactive) option, and thus bash would not terminate, but
> this has no detectable effect.
> There seems to be no documentation or help tips whatsoever about the
> Execute tab of this dialog, so what the "Panel Embedding" section means is
> absolutely obscure, and what the "Terminal options" would be is also
> unclear. So (c) I would like to know what these data in the dialog are
> supposed to do.
> Can anyone help me to accomplish my goals, or point me to more detailed
> documentation that might help in this case?
> Thanks, Parzival
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I hate to say this but the do not close option is in kde 3.1.93(kde3.2alpha2) 
under advanced options. I suppose that it could be in 3.1 but if you haven't 
found it it probably is not there. 3.1.93 is an alpha version of kde and 
still is a work in progress so beware of using in production or critical 
areas. I have been running it and I still get the occasional crash, but it 
works pretty good for an alpha.
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