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I'm using Crunchbang Linux with Openbox and I would like to have Synergy (http://synergy-foss.org/) autostart at the login screen.

I tried following: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Synergy however I'm a bit new to Linux and I'm not quite sure how I should go about doing that.

Any ideas?

EDIT:

I want it to be the client.

I can get it to work after I manually login with the keyboard and mouse that are connected to it and then adding Synergy to the autostart.sh

What I want is Synergy to start before logging in, so I don't have to have a keyboard and mouse connected to the computer to login to it

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where exactly do you get stuck? Do you want this system to be the client or the server? –  Journeyman Geek Nov 30 '11 at 4:38
    
ah sorry I want it to be the client –  Mike Hagstrom Nov 30 '11 at 4:55

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Openbox uses a file at ~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh to start files. You can add or remove things from this file.

In #!, you'll probably want to comment out the line that has cb-fortune in it, to remove the annoying "Statler Says" messages.

Since you're using #!, there's an easy way to get to this config. Hit SUPER + SPACE, and go to SETTINGS > OPENBOX CONFIG > EDIT AUTOSTART.SH

At the bottom, add a line that says synergyc server-host-name &, replacing server-host-name with... well... the server host name, save it, and restart with SETTINGS > OPENBOX CONFIG > RESTART

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I got that to work however, I still have to login with the keyboard and mouse connected to the Crunchbang computer instead of the one from my Windows 7 Synergy server computer. –  Mike Hagstrom Nov 30 '11 at 4:57
    
I've never used synergy, I can't be more help past setting things up to autostart. I'll look into it, though, it's something I've wanted to install. –  Rob Nov 30 '11 at 4:58
    
Have you read through man synergyc and set up a config file? –  Rob Nov 30 '11 at 5:01
    
Oh, I get your problem, since you aren't logged in, it isn't started. You'll want to have it run when the system boots, not when you log in. Hold on a minute, let me try a few things. –  Rob Nov 30 '11 at 5:04

You can add it to /etc/rc.local

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

I made it look something like this:

#!/bin/sh -e
#
# rc.local
#
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
#
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits. 
#
# By default this script does nothing.

## Synergy Test thingy
echo "Starting Synergy Client"
synergyc lolhosttest

exit 0

If you switch to TTY1 (ctrl + alt + f1) you'll see it say "Starting Synergy Client" as the very last thing before prompting a log-in. If you do log in through the tty, and do top or htop, you'll see it's running. Since openbox wasn't started, obviously autostart.sh has nothing to do with it.

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Sadly this did not work I have also tried: (sleep 10; DISPLAY=:0 synergyc 192.168.5.55)& and that does not work as well, it simply isn't starting at the login screen, I'm thinking it may have something to do with SLiM (slim.berlios.de) –  Mike Hagstrom Nov 30 '11 at 6:45
    
Putting it in rc.local should start it as the kernel loads. :/ Join the IRC channel and ask in there, or check out the #! forums. Just load up xchat and it'll put you in the #! irc, and the forums are at crunchbanglinux.org still. –  Rob Nov 30 '11 at 13:17

The only way I've found to do this is to vi /etc/slim.conf, set the default user and enable auto login:

default_user    yomomma

...

auto_login    yes

Then vi .config/openbox/autostart and add your synergy command. (Protip: for recent versions of synergy, you can just add synergy & to the autostart file, and it will open the GUI, connect, and (if you check the Edit > Settings > Hide on Startup box) iconize on success!)

This isn't the best, and you should be able to write a script that is started by rc.local and waits until there is an X server/WM/whatever to connect to (maybe just something like while ! synergyc --no-restart --enable-crypto theserverip; do sleep 1; done?), but this works in a pinch.

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