Bug 845339 - prefdm no longer runs ~/.xinitrc or ~/.xprofile
prefdm no longer runs ~/.xinitrc or ~/.xprofile
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdm (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-08-02 13:33 EDT by Rares Vernica
Modified: 2015-08-31 15:25 EDT (History)
10 users (show)

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Description Rares Vernica 2012-08-02 13:33:50 EDT
Description of problem:

  prefdm no longer runs ~/.xinitrc or ~/.xprofile

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

  every time

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Create a ~/.xinitrc file

> cat > ~/.xinitrc

date > /tmp/a

2. Make ~/.xinitrc executable

> chmod +x ~/.xinitrc

3. Create symbolic link to ~/.xprofile

> ln -s ~/.xinitrc ~/.xprofile

Actual results:

The /tmp/a file is not created:

> cat /tmp/a
cat: /tmp/a: No such file or directory
Exit 1

Expected results:

> cat /tmp/a
Thu Aug  2 10:26:21 PDT 201

Additional info:
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2012-08-02 13:48:33 EDT
I presume you mean 'whatever display manager is run by prefdm.' The prefdm script itself isn't going to run your xsession.

What display manager are you using?
Comment 2 Rares Vernica 2012-08-02 15:12:49 EDT
You are right. Thanks for clarifying this.

I am using Gnome.
Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2012-08-02 15:36:22 EDT

I believe ~/.xinitrc is only sourced if you use xinit to start X (e.g. run startx)

Upstream GDM does support sourcing .xprofile but we don't use the upstream gdm Xsession file. Instead we use the one shipped in xorg-x11-xinit.  Reassigning to xorg-x11-xinit.

Note, at login time gdm execs exactly one login shell, so you can put stuff in ~/.bash_profile if you want (probably guarded by if [ -n "$DISPLAY ]; )

More commonly bug reports have users requesting access to ~/.xsession or ~/.Xclients . To enable that functionality can:

1) install xorg-x11-xinit-session
2) choose "User script" from the session selector in GDM
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Comment 6 Derek Martin 2015-06-25 14:04:40 EDT
.xinitrc is for sessions started via xinit.  For sessions started by a display manager, use .xsession instead.  Put environment variables in .bashrc (which bash will source automatically) rather than .(bash_)profile and have .xsession source that file.

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