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I'm having some trouble starting pywal through .xinitrc Currently my .xinitrc is:

exec dwm
wal -i "/home/joe/pictures/wallpapers" &

Anyone know what I could have messed up?

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On exec dwm, the shell process that is executing the .xinitrc script will be replaced with dwm, and so any commands in .xinitrc after that will be totally ignored.

Will it work if you just swap the order of those two lines?

wal -i "/home/joe/pictures/wallpapers" &
exec dwm

Or does this have some undesirable side effects, like flickering as the window manager starts up? If so, you'll need to find some way to have dwm run the wal ... command, as the .xinitrc script interpreter process simply won't exist any more after exec dwm is executed.

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