Start X at login
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To manually start X,
xinit are used. Both will execute
~/.xinitrc, which may be customized to start the window manager of choice as described in the xinitrc article.
An alternative to a login manager is to add the following to the bottom of your
~/.bash_profile does not yet exist, copy a skeleton version from
/etc/skel/.bash_profile. If you use zsh as your preferred shell, add the following lines to your
if (( $(fgconsole 2>/dev/null) == 0 )); then exec startx -- vt$(fgconsole) fi
or to have it work at any console:
if [[ -z $DISPLAY && ! -e /tmp/.X11-unix/X0 ]]; then exec startx -- vt$(fgconsole) fi
Or with a prompt:
if [[ -z $DISPLAY && ! -e /tmp/.X11-unix/X0 ]]; then while true; do read -p 'Do you want to start X? (y/n): ' case $REPLY in [Yy]) exec xinit -- -nolisten tcp vt7 ;; [Nn]) break ;; *) printf '%s\n' 'Please answer y or n.' ;; esac done fi
The user will be logged out when X is killed. In order to avoid this, remove the
exec part from the script.