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STARTX(1)		    General Commands Manual		     STARTX(1)

NAME
       startx -	initialize an X	session

SYNOPSIS
       startx  [  [ client ] options ... ] [ --	[ server ] [ display ] options
       ... ]

DESCRIPTION
       The startx script is a front end	to xinit(1) that provides  a  somewhat
       nicer  user interface for running a single session of the X Window Sys-
       tem.  It	is often run with no arguments.

       Arguments immediately following the startx command are used to start  a
       client in the same manner as xinit(1).  The special argument '--' marks
       the end of client arguments and the beginning of	 server	 options.   It
       may  be convenient to specify server options with startx	to change them
       on a per-session	basis.	Some examples of specifying  server  arguments
       follow;	consult	 the  manual page for your X server to determine which
       arguments are legal.

	      startx --	-depth 16

	      startx --	-dpi 100

	      startx --	-layout	Multihead

       To determine the	client to run, startx looks for	the  following	files,
       in order:

	      $(HOME)/.startxrc

	      /usr/local/lib/sys.startxrc

	      $(HOME)/.xinitrc

	      /usr/local/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

       If  command  line client	options	are given, they	override this behavior
       and revert to the xinit(1) behavior.  To	determine the server  to  run,
       startx  first looks for a file called .xserverrc	in the user's home di-
       rectory.	 If that is not	found, it uses the file	xserverrc in the xinit
       library	directory.   If	 command  line	server options are given, they
       override	this behavior and revert  to  the  xinit(1)  behavior.	 Users
       rarely need to provide a	.xserverrc file.  See the xinit(1) manual page
       for more	details	on the arguments.

       The system-wide xinitrc and xserverrc files are found in	 the  /usr/lo-
       cal/etc/X11/xinit directory.

       The  .xinitrc is	typically a shell script which starts many clients ac-
       cording to the user's preference.  When this shell script exits,	startx
       kills  the server and performs any other	session	shutdown needed.  Most
       of the clients started by .xinitrc should be  run  in  the  background.
       The  last  client should	run in the foreground; when it exits, the ses-
       sion will exit.	People often choose a session manager, window manager,
       or xterm	as the ''magic'' client.

EXAMPLE
       Below  is a sample .xinitrc that	starts several applications and	leaves
       the window manager running as the ''last'' application.	Assuming  that
       the  window manager has been configured properly, the user then chooses
       the ''Exit'' menu item to shut down X.

	   xrdb	-load $HOME/.Xresources
	   xsetroot -solid gray	&
	   xbiff -geometry -430+5 &
	   oclock -geometry 75x75-0-0 &
	   xload -geometry -80-0 &
	   xterm -geometry +0+60 -ls &
	   xterm -geometry +0-100 &
	   xconsole -geometry -0+0 -fn 5x7 &
	   exec	twm

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       DISPLAY			This variable gets set to the name of the dis-
				play  to  which	 clients should	connect.  Note
				that this gets set, not	read.

       XAUTHORITY		This variable, if not  already	defined,  gets
				set  to	 $(HOME)/.Xauthority.  This is to pre-
				vent the X server, if not given	the -auth  ar-
				gument,	from automatically setting up insecure
				host-based authentication for the local	 host.
				See  the  Xserver(1)  and  Xsecurity(7)	manual
				pages for more information on X	 client/server
				authentication.

FILES
       $(HOME)/.xinitrc		Client to run.	Typically a shell script which
				runs many programs in the background.

       $(HOME)/.xserverrc	Server to run.	The default is X.

       /usr/local/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
				Client to run if  the  user  has  no  .xinitrc
				file.

       /usr/local/etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc
				Server	to  run	 if the	user has no .xserverrc
				file.

SEE ALSO
       xinit(1), X(7), Xserver(1), Xorg(1), xorg.conf(5)

X Version 11			  xinit	1.4.1			     STARTX(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | EXAMPLE | ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES | FILES | SEE ALSO

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