How do I add startup programs in Gnome 3?

Michael Spahn any0n3 at
Sat Mar 26 19:11:47 UTC 2011

I think there actually isn't a option in Gnome 3.

You can use the .xinitrc file in your home folder.

This file will be executed by login in with you user.

cat "(sleep 1 && gkrellm) &" >> ~/.xinitrc

This isn't a solution for a missing function, but it works.


2011/3/26 Andre Robatino <robatino at>:
> Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 <at>> writes:
>> Dear folks,
>> I took the plunge to Gnome 3 and although I am playing around, I wish to add
> some of the old functionality like
>> there was before, i.e, add a starting up script, in the old way one would open
> gnome session and add the
>> program/script to run at bootup, now the same cannot be applied.
>> I want to add GKrellM system monitor.  ATM I use a terminal and type
>> $ gkrellm &
>> or run it from the applications(System -> GKrellM), but I want to see if it
> can run without me typing it in?
> I'd like to know, too. I haven't been able to find a definitive answer on this,
> but my impression from reading is that the developers decided that people should
> be able to use suspend/hibernate to avoid ever having to log out. Of course this
> fails to consider a few "corner cases" such as dual boot, kernel updates,
> non-working suspend/hibernate, power outages without a UPS or that last longer
> than the UPS's capacity, etc. If this impression is wrong, someone please
> correct me - in the rare cases I've seen anyone else ask this question, they
> never got an answer which suggests there currently isn't one.
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