how to autostart on power up

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    gheermann
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    I am looking for instructions to setup the sandbox to start automatically on power up.

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    Oliver Kreylos
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    OK, here is the explanation from my colleague Burak Yikilmaz, who set up the AR Sandbox computers for our affiliated institutions:

    The user auto-logs into a special sandbox session (which resides
    under /usr/share/xsessions) where I use matchbox window manager with
    restrictions like no cursor and titlebar. The session automatically
    executes a script that starts and sets the window manager options and
    runs the RunSandbox script which checks/waits whether/until the kinect
    is connected. There is also an auto-start script which sets the sandbox
    session as the default session. This is helpful in case you log into
    gnome session for admin work. By default, the computer auto-logs into
    the last session after a restart. That script prevents that and lets the
    computer automatically go into the sandbox session.

    Until we write up detailed instructions, the basic idea is that you create a new user account with minimal privileges (no administrative rights), and set up the login manager to auto-login that user on boot.

    To set it up further, you log in as that user normally, and then create a script file to run the sandbox application with the desired command line options, and then add that script to the auto-user’s autostart list.

    This will roughly do it; the rest is fine-tuning. It should not be necessary to run a special window manager as Burak describes; using the Vrui configuration file(s), the SARndbox can be set up to start in fullscreen mode, without window borders and cursor images, automatically.

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