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#1 2017-12-09 13:32:56

Speranskiy
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Registered: 2016-02-02
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[SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

Hi there!
My issue is very wierd. I had a process (syndaemon) added at startup apps list in XFCE. I've decided to give GNOME a try, switched to it and disabled some autostart applications from gnome-session-properties (can't remember anything regarding syndaemon though).
Now I'm back with XFCE, and i cant find where syndaemon is being spawned on boot.

➜  autostart ps aux|grep syndaemon
speranza   811  0.0  0.0  22344  1288 ?        S    14:58   0:00 syndaemon -i 0.6 -K -R

PPID is 1
I've checked ~/.config/autostart, /etx/xdg/autostart and ~/.zshrc. Actually I've grepped the whole "/home" and "/" directories for "syndaemon" word, nothing's found. But it keeps starting on boot.
For instance

root@speranza# find . -xdev -type f -exec grep -IH "syndaemon -i 0.6 -K -R" {} \;
./.zsh_history:: 1512751210:0;pgrep -R syndaemon -i 0.6 -K -R /
./.zsh_history:: 1512751215:0;grep -R syndaemon -i 0.6 -K -R /

I use autologin with autostart X without a display manager. Using getty + .xinitrc

It's being started with XFCE only.

➜  autostart git:(master) ✗ pwd
/home/speranza/.config/autostart
➜  autostart git:(master) ✗ ls
'conky calendar.desktop'  'disable touch.desktop'   Telegram-cli.desktop
 Conky.desktop             Nextcloud.desktop
 devilspie2.desktop        pasystray.desktop
➜  autostart git:(master) ✗ grep -R 'syndaemon' .
➜  autostart git:(master) ✗ 

XFCE session is not being saved and all saved sessions are cleared.

➜  sessions git:(master) ✗ grep  -R "syndaemon" .
➜  sessions git:(master) ✗ pwd                   
/home/speranza/.cache/sessions

I'm lost.

Pstree shows syndaemon spawned by systemd.
"journalctl -b| grep syndaemon" returns nothing.

Last edited by Speranskiy (2017-12-10 10:56:04)

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#2 2017-12-09 14:32:46

Clio
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

/usr/bin/syndaemon is part of the package  xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

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#3 2017-12-09 15:02:19

Speranskiy
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

Yes, I could remove it. But I need it, just want to alter some parameters.

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#4 2017-12-09 16:26:43

ToZ
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Registered: 2011-06-02
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

What are the contents of the ~/.config/autostart/disable touch.desktop file?

root@speranza# find . -xdev -type f -exec grep -IH "syndaemon -i 0.6 -K -R" {} \;

Also grep for just "syndaemon" when grepping - there maybe a config file that is appending the parameters.

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#5 2017-12-09 18:09:52

Speranskiy
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Registered: 2016-02-02
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

disable_touch.desktop launches this script

#!/bin/bash
xinput --disable `xinput|grep "Touch Controller"|grep -P -o "[0-9]+"|head -1`

touch stands for "touchsreen".
I've tried to grep for "syndaemon" nothing's found. Very wierd.
Also I've checked journalctl through and through.
The only ugly workaround is to rename /usr/bin/syndaemon

Last edited by Speranskiy (2017-12-09 18:12:39)

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#6 2017-12-09 22:21:01

Speranskiy
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

And if I start another DE (awesomewm) using the same setup the unwanted process is not being started. So it's clearly XFCE launches it.

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#7 2017-12-10 02:53:11

ToZ
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

It's xfsettingsd that is starting it. See https://git.xfce.org/xfce/xfce4-setting … pointers.c and https://docs.xfce.org/xfce/xfce4-settings/mouse. It looks like enabling "Disable touchpad while typing" in the Mouse and Touchpad settings is what starts it.

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#8 2017-12-10 10:55:26

Speranskiy
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Re: [SOLVED] Can't find where a process being started on boot.

Thank you ToZ!! You're brilliant!

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