9.7 Session Management
A session occurs between the time that a user logs in to the
GNOME Desktop and the time that the user logs out. The session
manager starts after the login manager authenticates the user. The
session manager lets the user manage the session. For example, a user
can save the state of a session and return to that session the next
time that he logs in.
At a minimum, the following applications run in a session:
The session manager, gnome-session.
The GConf X settings daemon, gnome-settings-daemon.
The gnome-panel application, which runs the panels in the
The Metacity window manager.
The following table lists the files that contain default session
Table 9-11 Default Session Information Files
Default session file. Default session details are stored in
User session file. When a user modifies the session, the
details are stored in this file.
To set default session details for all users, modify the default
To restore the default session settings for a user, delete the
session file from the home directory of the user. If no user session
file is present, the default settings in
To save the current session as the default session, users can
run the gnome-session-save command.
GNOME also supports autostart. For more information, see Section 9.12,
Starting Applications Automatically.