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I recently made the switch to Ubunto 10.04 and I've enjoyed it for the most part. The issue I'm having is, after installing Launchy, I tried to get it to run on startup. I sent to System > Preferences > Startup Applications and added the command found in the shortcut (launchy %u) to a new startup app. It seems to work, the little launch icon is in the taskbar next to the date, but when I hit alt+space (The shortcut I setup to start the Launchy input box) a blank box appears instead of the Launchy input box. If I kill off the startup application and run Launchy from Applications > Accessories then it works perfectly fine.

Is there something I'm doing wrong? This has worked with other startup apps, so why is Launchy differen?

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If you use Gnome as your desktop, then try using Gnome-Do instead of Launchy.

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On my Kubuntu 10.4 just typing


runs Launchy correctly. %u is a KDE menu placeholder (maybe Gnome too, I'm not sure), it's not a Launchy command line parameter.

I hope this helps.

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