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xinit is a Unix command that starts the X Window Server.

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Display managers not loading startup commands properly, even when running xinitrc as a session

When logging into any display manager some commands just won't load while others will, no matter where I put them. I originally thought it was a lightdm specific issue with how it sources the dotfiles,...
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XDM stuck on login prompt

I've recently attempted experimentation with Arch Linux, and have managed to get an install with basic utilities, a network manager, etc going. I plan to use the Openbox window manager, with (at least,...
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dwmblocks not reading $PATH

I'm using archlinux, dwm and dwmblocks. At startup dwmblocks shows only the icons of the blocks', without loading the scripts output. If I run $ killall dwmblocks and restart $ dwmblocks & it ...
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Is there a preference rule for exec in xinitrc?

I have i3 installed as my primary window manager; now I want to test dwm. My xinitrc has only one line: exec i3. If I want dwm to launch and not i3 do I have to delete this line completely or do I ...
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Forward X11 through SSH and open GUI applications from tty

If I'm on the tty cli with no desktop environment set up, how can I start a remote desktop environment through ssh? For exmaple, if I first launch startx icewm and from there do a ssh -X me@raspi ...
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Background and top bar configurations does not apply at startup

I am on Manjaro Linux and using dwm. I have made some changes (additions) in my ~/.xinitrc file to have my wallpaper set and display date & time on top bar when I log in. But I cannot have these ...
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.xinitrc seems to be ignored if /usr/bin/xinit is called from systemd service

This is on Xubuntu 18.04. I'm trying to replace lightdm with my own application running full screen on boot up. I can run xinit from root shell, and it correctly takes my /root/.xinitrc commands and ...
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Dual Display - one is fine, the other showing squashed in left half of the screen

I have a Debian linux box set up with two displays. One is from Display Port (DP) on the box through an active adapter to DVI input on the display itself. The other is straight VGA to VGA.. This is ...
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Executing commands from process substitution in xinitrc

I felt that an .xinitrc like this #!/bin/sh bash <(sed -n 'H /^exec ./{ x s/\([^\n]\+ &\n\)*exec .*// p }' /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc) xmonad & # ... exec xterm where ...
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How to manually run/init/start a Xorg server on a different VT/TTY?

I want to start an Xorg server (which should only feature a minimal xterm terminal emulator from a newly created "pristine" tty). I have thought this to be as simple as issuing a xinit or ...
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Populating .Xauthority file when DISPLAY and HOST variables are non-existent

I just installed the new Debian 10 Buster and I am not satisfied. I installed it without any desktop. Only basic system utilities were installed during the initial install. After reboot I signed in ...
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How rotate Xorg on demand with xinit?

I can physically swing around my monitor one right angle. On the console I can control orientation with the rotate_all "button" in /sys/devices/.../fbcon/. But xorg is not impressesed by that. Now I ...
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Trouble with Teamviewer, X and Window manager on headless server

What I need to achieve is this: Run Teamviewer host on Ubuntu headless server CLI Increase the resolution to something workable Open a browser on the server through TV without installing a complete ...
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X11: ^C drop to shell while start X

I use xinit to start X with wm - startx command that using .xinitrc to invoke X11 environment, but when X starts, there a black screen with cursor staying there for few seconds before X is fully ...
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Starting just an X server on a minimal installation

I need to run a program that I haven't developed, the issue is that even if it doesn't run any GUI interface (can be used on silent mode) it still requires an X server running because of the way it's ...
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Arch linux greeter without DM

I'm using Arch Linux with i3wm with xinit which results in having tty1 as my "greeter". I wanna know if there is any possibility to have a greeter, for instance, Deepin greeter at login prompt ...
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pywal wont run on startx

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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Xinit/zsh: jobs control

In .xinitrc, there'll have multiple lines with & to put some commands in background, I'd like to control if a command is completed or not before process to next command. I use zsh in .xinitrc ...
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how to load an xmodmap configuration file using .xinitrc

I am trying to figure out how to use my .xinitrc file to load an xmodmap configuration file. Although this seems to be a popular problem around the internet, I can't seem to get it working. I am ...
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Configure XFCE startup commands in NixOS

In NixOS, services.xserver.desktopManager.xfce.extraSessionCommands describes "Shell commands executed just before XFCE is started.". What about for shell commands right after XFCE is started? That ...
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xinitrc - set DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS

Not using display manager and executing startup logic via xinitrc. Problem is some dbus-related env variables are not set. xinitrc excerpt: dbus-update-activation-environment --systemd --all # note ...
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Start X Server on Login with Systemd

I know that this is not the normal way people use X. Most setup instructions tell you to put something like startx in your shell's profile. However I want to have systemd manage things. Ideally I ...
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start wmii from ~/.xinitrc

What is the right way to start wmii window manager from ~/.xinitrc? I put exec wmii however it doesn't seem to pick up configuration.
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startxfce4 no longer loads on Asus chromebook

I have an Acer chromebook that I used to be able to load into xfce via "shell" then "sudo startxfce4" at the chrome terminal. Suddenly it fails and will no longer load. Instead, I get the following. ...
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Arch Linux: Running VirtualBox (VM) without a window manager

In Arch Linux, I would like to run VirtualBox without a window manager. As a root I can easily do: xinit /usr/bin/VirtualBox -- :0 vt1 As a non-root user I get a blank screen. If I open another ...
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LXQt works perfectly on a fresh Arch install then only get a black screen after rebooting

LXQt works perfectly after a fresh Arch install on my laptop, then I reboot, and without changing anything, simply logging in as the same user from before, running startx like before, instead of lxqt ...
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My ubuntu-server doesn't execute my gtk-based program at startup!

I have Ubuntu-server 16.04. Installed gtk3 and can execute my program manually by this command: ./img when I go to it's directory /home/m. But when I tried to add this line to my /etc/rc.local file: ...
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Screen resolution in X windows different from command line

I have a raspberry pi zero and I'm running Jessie lite (very similar to ubuntu distros). I'm using my pi to run a MagicMirror. Everything runs correctly but X windows does not take up the whole screen....
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How can I find which process is controlling the root window?

I'm trying to get an xscreensaver to run as my desktop background / wallpaper using the method described here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/XScreenSaver#Animated_wallpaper and the first step ...
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Set up display orientation and resolution on an embedded Linux

we have an embedded PC with an Linux OS which seems to be an Debian/Ubuntu derivate with RT-Preempt patch. At this pc we attached a display (7" 1024x600 170 DPI) via DVI. We are need to run the ...
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How to make several “startx” profiles?

I have an Arch Linux with i3wm now. When I need to start my i3, I just type startx, because in config file I have exec i3;. When I need to run some another graphical environment, such as Gnome, I edit ...
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.xinitrc not loading .Xresources [closed]

I'm using fresh install of Arch with i3; after logging into I type in startx and i3 is starting with default settings, despite the configuration of my .xinitrc: #!/bin/sh exec i3 exec xrdb ~/....
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How to set i3 to be the default window manager?

In the Kali login, I have to select i3 in the menu in order to use i3 instead of gnome. How to set i3 as the default window manager (no need of selection?
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`xinit /usr/bin/firefox` vs `xinit firefox`

xinit /usr/bin/firefox seems to do what's expected: to run firefox without a window manager. xinit firefox seems to do similar, but with a small xterm running behind. Can someone explain me what's ...
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Strange xinit problem

I am using LFS-based custom Linux. When I try to start "xinit" then it fails to start with following error: Fatal server error: (EE) Cannot move old log file "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" ...
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How to start a dialog at startup after login in?

I want to display a dialog at startup after the user log in? How would you suggest to do automatically launch a dialog at startup? Example of dialogue: zenity --question
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why would a command run at the prompt and not in a script?

I have a RPi running raspbian jessie which I use in kiosk mode: I start in /etc/rc.local /usr/bin/xinit /opt/domotique/xinitrc > /root/xinitrc-errors 2>&1 and /opt/domotique/xinitrc is ...
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Configuring fluxbox (or any other WM) on FreeBSD

First time using FreeBSD (or any BSD). I recently installed FreeBSD and installed xorg and fluxbox with: pkg install xorg fluxbox And put this in the .xinitrc for my user: exec xterm & exec ...
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How to start a script after login using gdm?

I am using arch linux with xmonad, and I login using gdm, but to make xmonad work properly I have to run a script directly after login (actually I want to run .xinitrc after login using gdm to set ...
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xterm not using .Xresources

I've one .xinitrc with the following lines: #!/usr/bin/env bash xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources & xset r rate 200 30 & xterm & #fixme: xterm is not reading loaded .Xresources exec /etc/...
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Start new process group in .xinitrc

I have a statusbar (lemonbar) to which I pipe the output of a couple of scripts (time, battery, volume, etc.). These scripts, and the statusbar itself, are all started in a single bash script ...
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Difference between .xinitrc, .xsession and .xsessionrc

I found three configuration files. .xinitrc .xsession .xsessionrc I know that the first one is for using startx and the second and third are used when using a display manager. But what is the ...
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Should suspended application in the background (by ctrl+z) still run or should it stop running?

I run Firefox with command xinit /path/to/firefox/binary and it opens a display with Firefox running on it. Then I push Ctrl +Alt+F1 to go back to console and then I push Ctrl+z to suspend the ...
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chroot into a Linux with X window system installed, from a Linux without X window system, and then run xinit, there is no mouse and keyboard working

I have two systems on my machine. One is Ubuntu and the other one is Linux from scratch (LFS) which I built it my self. Ubuntu has X window system installed but LFS has no windowing system whatsoever....
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xinit: giving up can't start xinit

My Musicbot won't start: musikbot@euve102733:/opt/ts3soundboard$ xinit /opt/ts3soundboard/ts3bot -- /usr/bin/ Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x16 -ac xinit: giving up xinit: unable to connect to X server: ...
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What desktop environment does startx run, and how can I change it?

From many docs, I read that startx is starting LXDE in Raspbian OS. I am a little bit confused. Will always startx run LXDE GUI? Also I have seen example with using startlxde command. How is that ...
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Open new graphic terminal via ssh

I would like to log in from machine A to machine B -- and regardless or whether anyone is logged in on B* open a new graphical terminal on :1**. To further clarify: This is a lab situation with one ...
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Correctly shutting down the computer from an X session

I run Debian 8.1 with the window manager Blackbox. The window manager is started from ~/.xinitrc, and when the X session is done some cleanup commands are invoked: dbus-launch --exit-with-session ...
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Run 2 instances of xinit with output to separate video out

I have a video card with 2 video outputs. I want to run 2 instances of xinit and draw 2 different displays. I want one display to be output to one video out and the other to go to the other video out. ...
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Can't login after editing xinitrc

I wanted to install dwm according to this tutorial. I've skipped the part about Xorg, bc I knew it have been already installed at the time. I started with step about installing dwm. The desktop ...