Bug 100794 - Support symlinks in the /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/ directory
Support symlinks in the /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/ directory
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xinitrc (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: X/OpenGL Maintenance List
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2003-07-25 11:52 EDT by Dax Kelson
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:05 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-12 03:54:41 EDT
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Description Dax Kelson 2003-07-25 11:52:46 EDT
Description of problem:

It's very cool that you can stick an executable shell script in the
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/ directory and it will launched vi xinitrc or Xession
when the user logins in from runlevel 3 using startx or runlevel 5 via gdm.

However, there are all kinds of X executables all over the filesystem, it would
very nice if I could just create a symbolic link to them instead of having to
create a shell script that launches them.

The two scripts:


Have this code:

# run all system xinitrc shell scripts.
for i in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/* ; do
    if [ -x "$i" ]; then
       . "$i"

How about using this code instead, I've tested and verified it works.

# run all system xinitrc shell scripts.
for i in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/* ; do
    if [ -x "$i" -a ! -L "$i" ]; then
       . "$i"
    elif [ -L "$i" ]; then
      $i >/dev/null 2>&1 &

Now I can do stuff like:

# cd /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/
# ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/xeyes

And I don't have to create a shell script.
Comment 1 Dax Kelson 2003-09-26 01:23:30 EDT
Mike, what do you think?

This will make the xinitrc.d directory behavior consistent with other ".d"

This should be a 5 minute job.
Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2004-10-12 03:54:41 EDT
The problem with this, is if the symlink becomes a dead symlink after
an OS upgrade, or software gets uninstalled that the link pointed

Before any app gets executed, a script should test if it actually
exists and is executable IMHO.  I'm a bit conservative in this
area, because anything that causes the X server or desktop to
fail to start, will ultimately end up in Red Hat bugzilla as an
obscure X.Org bug.

I'd prefer to only add new functionality to the X startup scripts
that provide significant benefit, and do not add additional risk
of problem scenarios occuring.  I think it is best for now to
avoid making this change to the xinitrc package.

Setting status to "WONTFIX"

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