mate-session man page

mate-session — Start the MATE Desktop Environment.

Synopsis

mate-session [Options]

Description

The mate-session program starts up the MATE desktop environment. This command is typically executed by your Login/Display Manager (like GDM, LXDM, XDM, SLiM, or from your X startup scripts like .xinitrc). It will load either your saved session, or it will provide a default session for the user as defined by the system administrator (or the default MATE installation on your system).

The default session is defined in the dconf keys under /org/mate/desktop/session/
When saving a session, mate-session saves the currently running applications in the ~/.config/mate-session/saved-session directory of the users /home.

mate-session is an X11 session manager. It can manage MATE applications as well as any other X11 SM compliant ones.

Options

The following options are supported

-a, --autostart=DIR
Start all applications defined in "DIR", instead of starting the applications defined in /org/mate/desktop/session/default-session
Multiple --autostart options can be passed.
-f, --failsafe
Run in fail-safe mode. User-specified applications will not be started.
--debug
Enable debugging code.
--display=DISPLAY
X display to use.
--version
Output version information and exit.
-?, -h, --help
Print standard command line options.
--help-all
Print all command line options.

Environment

mate-session sets several environment variables for the use of its child processes

SESSION_MANAGER

This variable is used by session-manager aware clients to contact mate-session.

DISPLAY

This variable is set to the X display being used by mate-session. Note that if the --display option is used this might be different from the setting of the environment variable when mate-session is invoked.

Files

~/.config/autostart
/usr/share/autostart
/usr/share/mate/autostart
The applications defined in the above directories will be started on login. mate-session-properties(1) can be used to easily configure them.

~/.config/mate-session/saved-session

This directory contains the list of applications of the saved session.

Bugs

Should you encounter any bugs, they may be reported at

http://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-ses…

Authors

This Manual page was originally written for gnome-session by

Miguel de Icaza <miguel@helixcode.com> (2000)
Vincent Untz <vuntz@gnome.org> (2009-2010)

It has been updated for the MATE Desktop Environment by

Adam Erdman <hekel@archlinux.info> (2014)

See Also

Further information may also be available at: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/docs

mate-session-properties(1), mate-session-save(1), mate-wm(1)

Referenced By

mate-session-properties(1), mate-session-save(1), mate-wm(1).

11 February 2014 MATE Desktop Environment