Start X at login

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Starting X automatically at login to a virtual terminal.
Related
Automatic login to virtual console
Display Manager
Xinitrc

A display manager can be used to provide a login screen and start the X server. This article explains how this can be done using an existing virtual terminal.

To manually start X, startx or xinit are used. Both will execute ~/.xinitrc, which may be customized to start the window manager of choice as described in the xinitrc article.

Shell profile file

Note: This runs X on the same tty used to login, which is required in order to maintain the login session.
  • For Bash, add the following to the bottom of ~/.bash_profile. If the file does not exist, copy a skeleton version from /etc/skel/.bash_profile.
  • For Zsh, add it to ~/.zprofile instead.
[[ $(fgconsole 2>/dev/null) == 1 ]] && exec startx -- vt1

Tips

  • This method can be combined with automatic login to virtual console.
  • If you would like to remain logged in when the X session ends, remove exec.
  • To redirect the output of the X session to a file, create an alias:
alias startx='startx &> ~/.xlog'
  • Alternatively, you can use xinit -- -nolisten tcp instead of startx (since startx is just a wrapper).