No way to set empathy to automatically start on login

Bug #941463 reported by Bilal Shahid on 2012-02-26
This bug affects 16 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
empathy (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

i have selected from the preference that auto-start on login but empathy does not start on start on login.
ubuntu 12.04

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: empathy 3.3.5-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-17.26-generic 3.2.6
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-17-generic i686
ApportVersion: 1.93-0ubuntu2
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Feb 26 19:48:09 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Alpha i386 (20111211)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: empathy
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-01-27 (29 days ago)

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :
Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) on 2012-03-16
Changed in empathy (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
h-bomb (h-bomb) wrote :

I can confirm this bug. This has been present since Ubuntu switched to Empathy. This needs to be fixed.

GuiMaster (trevor-interests) wrote :

H-Bomb is correct, this bug has occured in every version of Ubuntu since the switch to Empathy. New users do not know how to configure a program to auto-start. Even somewhat experienced users will not know the command needed to force a program like Empathy to start (usr/bin/empathy -h).

After a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04, on first boot the Messaging Menu will set the users status to "Offline" by default. If a user changes their status to "Available," "Away," "Busy," or "Invisible" and then restarts or shuts down the computer, the Messaging Menu will default back to "Offline" on the next boot. A new Ubuntu adopter will be forced to set their status to "Available" after every single boot, which would result in much frustration.

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

you can see the start up application option by searching it in dash and add the empathy there than it should work

Ken VanDine (ken-vandine) wrote :

We could easily install an autostart file with empathy, disabled by default. This would make it show up in Startup Applications, and can easily be enabled. Or we could patch empathy's preferences to add a checkbox for autostart.

Changed in empathy (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Confirmed
Ken VanDine (ken-vandine) wrote :

By the way, "Automatically connect on startup" isn't the same as starting on login. That is a setting for connecting when empathy starts.

summary: - empathy automatically start on login doesnot work
+ No way to set empathy to automatically start on login

y pls just add a startup file which is disabled by default . it should run empathy -h get the empathy icon and describe itself as empathy autostart ill upload a dessktop file soon

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

thanks ken

Changed in empathy (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low

hesres my desktop file. just put it into ~./config/autostart. it should be disabled by default and there schould be a switch in empathy to enable the desktop file. ofc you can enable it via startup applications

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tags: added: patch
Lars Hansson (romabysen) wrote :

Using a startup file with "empathy -h" does not always correct this. I'm running "empathy -h" from a startup file and the correct status is not reflected in the messaging indicator. If I run "empathy -h" manually after logging in the indicator is showing the correct status. It would seem that running it from startup seems to work at random depending on if the indicator is ready or not when empathy is run.

well for me it works atm

GuiMaster (trevor-interests) wrote :

I just wanted to complement Ken VanDine on his great suggestion! Adding some common applications to the "Startup Applications Preferences" menu, is an excellent way to make things easy for new users. The option to Auto-Start those applications can be disabled by default, but as long as it is easily accessible for a newbie user to enable, this problem is solved.

I noticed that the panel application "Weather Indicator" automatically inserts itself into the "Startup Applications Preferences" menu during installation, and hopefully in the future more and more applications will do the same.

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

there is another option to set it to start on login
search in dash "startup applications " add the empathy there and see its work or not ?

sandeep (sandy-8925) wrote :

IMO this is not an empathy bug.

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