wolfgang ziegler

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How to Prevent Autostart of the VIA VPN Client on Ubuntu

December 6, 2017

This is one of those "I'll write this up, so I can Google for it later" blog posts.
If you are a Linux / Ubuntu crack - unlike me - you might as well stop reading here (and / or insult me in the comments section).

Anyway, here's the problem: I am using the VIA VPN Client on Ubuntu for connecting to the office network. This is basically working flawlessly, apart from the fact that there is no built-in way to disable the autostart of this application.

I am not very fond of this behavior, so I tried to disable it using Startup Applications.

Startup Applications on Ubuntu

Only, it turned out that this application wasn't listed there.

Startup Applications without VIA Client

So I started Googling for a solution, which turned out to be rather simple. Open a shell and navigate to the /etc/xdg/autostart/ folder.

$ cd /etc/xdg/autostart/

In this folder, open the file via-auto.desktop with your text editor of choice (you will probably need to use sudo).

$ sudo nano via-auto.desktop 

In this file find the line saying NoDisplay=true and set its value to false, delete it or comment it out.


Save - Exit - Done: If you run Startup Applications again now, the VIA VPN Client shows up.

Startup Applications with the VIA Client

Even if you are not using this particular client, this method work as a generic recipe for applications that hide themselves from the Startup Applications list.