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Old 10-15-2005, 02:32 PM   #1
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Starting Xterm in X through GDM

I'm running GDM and having OpenBox start up as my window manager, the problem I'm running in to is I can't figure out how to automatically start programs along with OpenBox.

I've found plenty of resources through Google that point towards ~/.xsession, but I've had absolutely no luck with it. Right now, I'm looking into /etc/X11/xinit/ and I've tried, as described in another thread, starting with /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc, /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.openbox, /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/xinitrc (this is what the .../gdm/Xsession file looks at to execute scripts). I'm just having no luck starting anything.

I put ` exec xterm ` in the /etc/X11/gdm/Init/Default file, which started xterm in GDM but that doesn't much help me. I've tried and Googled for a couple hours now and I'm just not finding anything that is working out, any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm running Gentoo, OpenBox, GDM (version and just want to start programs up along with OpenBox, thanks in advanced!
Old 10-15-2005, 02:37 PM   #2
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if [ -d /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d ]; then
    for i in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/* ; do
        if [ -x "$i" ]; then
	    . "$i"
is in the /etc/X11/gdm/Xsession file, and I just happened to notice the -x permission check, I gave the login user permissions to the file and it worked out nicely. Hope this can be of some use to others, it had me running in circles for a long while.


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