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

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condition in .xinitrc not satisfied, don't know why

I have a condition in .xinitrc that is not met, and I don't understand why: I have the .Xresources file in my ~ (with read permissions), and my ~/.xinitrc contains a line with [[ -f ~/.Xresources ]] &...
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xinitrc seems to not run some commands

I am new to Arch and did a fresh install. I have configured it to use dwm and I start it with startx. The problem is that some commands in xinitrc seem to not run. It clearly works to some extend, ...
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How to permanently change .xinitrc after its first run?

I want to make an install script for my arch linux and some commands have to be run inside X/after startx. There's about 5 of them, so not much compared to hundreds of the rest. I want those commands ...
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startx inconsistent behavior

I have a SSH server that is responsible for running dwm binary through X forwarding, on my client computer, i have a shell script that replaces the dwm binary on /usr/local/bin, inside that script, i ...
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Not able to open display on a headless docker container, but can on the host

I'm working on a headless system, and trying to emulate a display (specifically so I can render headless with blender, but the problem is more fundamental). I'm simulating a login to create the X ...
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Shell script to shutdown system after running xinit command?

I have a Raspberry Pi Zero 2W running Raspberry OS Lite (based on Debian 11 Bullseye, no desktop environment) that runs a startup shell script after an automatic login. The script uses the xinit ...
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How is i3 window manager started by startx in Ubuntu (so that I can configure what display it appears on)?

I want to set up i3 automatically start on a specific one of my three screens (all connected to one Nvidia card). This has proved more difficult than expected. My first choice was to just set that ...
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Starting GUI apps without a window manager. `xinit command` vs .xinitrc containing `command`

I have an Ubuntu Server 20.04 with no widow manager (well, mwm is installed, but I am not using it here). I am running commands over ssh and watching a monitor attached to the host. I can start ...
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evince is slow to open

Ever since I updated debian, evince has been slow to startup - it takes about half a minute. Once it is open, it works fine, its just slow to open. It never used to take that long - it just used to ...
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How can I change the location of .xinitrc and .zsh* files

I want to change the location of .xinitrc, .zshrc and .zshenv to ~/.config/x/xinitrc, ~/.config/zsh/zshrc and ~/.config/zsh/zshenv, but without simlinking them. How can I achieve this? Do I have to ...
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.XResources are not loaded automatically. - Where should I put my xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources initialisation?

I added an .Xresources file to my home directory and when I load it from my shell prompt with xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources the resource settings are recognized (for X programs started afterwards). ...
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Start program in virtual console

I am trying to create a desktop shortcut to start kodi on my Raspberry Pi running Raspberry Pi OS. My problem is: If I create a desktop shortcut with kodi as the command, nothing happens. If I run ...
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What script to put xrandr command in for automatic execution on login

What automatically executed script (~/.xinitrc, ~/.bash_profile, etc) is the best place to put a call to xrandr to set the correct refresh rate for my monitor on login? I'm using Ubuntu 18.04, and ...
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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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.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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