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The Empathy chat client on my Ubuntu 10.04 machine logs into chat accounts (Gmail and Facebook) only after I have opened the client once (it starts on system boot) this is a bit irritating as I often forget to do it after booting my machine. Is there a setting that I am missing or is this a an unanswered bug in Empathy ?

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System – Preferences – Startup Applications to en- or disable. I then also added the -h switch to the command to hide the contact list when it starts.

or try this

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/empathy.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart
sudo chmod a+r /etc/xdg/autostart/empathy.desktop

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did not work , empathy is in the startup but it will login only when I maximize the window once –  Shekhar May 20 '11 at 6:53

Per answer from kracekumar, I had to add empathy.desktop to the autostart directory:

sudo cp /usr/share/applications/empathy.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart
sudo chmod a+r /etc/xdg/autostart/empathy.desktop

Additionally, I added the line:

X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true

works for me on Ubuntu 11.10

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