Autostart question

John Velman velman at
Tue Aug 21 17:10:59 BST 2007

I have two links to short shell scripts in my Autostart folder:

one called "runmutt", as follows:
#  Startup for mutt in new rxvt window
#  Also starts fetchmail
fetchmail &
rxvt -title Mutt -e mutt &

The other, "runscreensaver" as follows:
# runs xscreensaver
xscreensaver &

As far as I can tell, mutt alwas starts automatically, but fetchmail
doesn't.  When I start it manually, it says "removing stale lockfile".

But sometimes fetchmail starts -- about 1/2 the time, I guess.

Also, sometimes xscreensaver doesn't start.  Usually it does, but not

I'm baffled by this seemingly random behavior.  There must be something
different happening when things run from autostart, and when they don't,
but darned if I can see it.


John Velman

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