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Old 10-10-2006, 04:55 AM   #1
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Startup scripts/programs for X with gdm

Does anyone know of a place I can read about the exact sequence of scripts and programs that are invoked/executed when my system (Debian Sarge, running Gnome) starts up using gdm?

The reason for asking is that I wish to modify my setup so that I can choose between different XF86Config-4 files at startup.

I would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you!
Old 10-10-2006, 05:18 AM   #2
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Try taking a read at for info about the workings of Debian's Init.

I really don't know how XFree86 works at all, but from a quick look at my Xorg and startx man pages I think you may be able to log in to text mode then log in and use different
`startx -- -config /path/to/config`

(or aliases for each preference).... that could be then used in a script that, rather than boot to GUI login, automatically runs the appropriate startx line after a CLI login.

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Old 10-19-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for your suggestions! I ran into some other trouble, and it looks as though a dist-upgrade may be necessary before I look into this. Just have to summon a bit of courage first!


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