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Startup applications configuration file

Ubuntu @ June 2, 2011   Views:0


I just upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04 on my Dell D630. It all went fine, until I did something kind of stupid . . .

I went into startup applications, and unchecked a few things that I thought I didn't need, in an attempt to speed up the startup. However, I obviously removed something that I DID need, and now I can't boot

I can still boot into a terminal in recovery mode, so I was wondering where the configuration file for startup applications is, so that I can edit it. Also, where could I find a copy of the original configuration file so that I can restore it?

Thanks very much for the help


Have you tried:


sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

To get your GUI back?

I think the configuration can be found in:



But it might be located elsewhere in 11.04, I'm not sure.

Hi, thanks very much for the suggestions.


sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

gives the following error message:
start: Rejected send message, 1 matched rules; type="method_call", sender=":1.19" (uid=1000 pid=1832 comm="start_gdm") interface="com.ubuntu.Upstart0-6.Job" member="start" errorname="(Unset)" requested_reply=0 destination="com.ubuntu.Upstart (uid=0 pid=1 comm=/sbin/init"))

I don't have anything that looks like a configuration file in ~/.gnome2/session


Alright, you might be able to find them in here:



If you only did changes to YOUR user, then you could always delete the configuration files, as a last resort.
The following command will delete your desktop settings.


rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

Don't know if it's too late, but you could have restarted and logged into Recovery Mode or one of the other possible desktops and reviewed your Startup Applications tool.


Thanks very much for the suggestions. They were indeed in /etc/xdf/autostart, but after checking that everything there seemed fine I realised that the problem must have been elsewhere . . . and it turned out to be that the NVIDIA driver is saving a faulty xorg.conf file when I update the screen resolution.

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