Start X at boot (Italiano)

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Q: How can I start X at boot time in Arch?

A: Edit your /etc/inittab The first uncommented line should be something like this:


Change it to:


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You may also want to change the last line of the /etc/inittab to start kdm or gdm instead of xdm.

Another way to the same result is to add a display manager (kdm, gdm, or xdm) to the DAEMONS array in /etc/rc.conf

An alternative is to add something like the following to the bottom of your ~/.bash_profile (if not is ~/.bash_profile yuo can create it):

if [[ -z "$DISPLAY" ]] && [[ $(tty) = /dev/vc/1 ]]; then


if [[ -z "$DISPLAY" ]] && [[ $(tty) = /dev/vc/1 ]]; then

This way X is automatically started when you log in at the first console. Furthermore your user will be logged out when you kill X using ctrl+alt+backspace. next time you log in, X will start again automatically, and if you followed the mingetty instructions in Automatically_login_some_user_to_a_virtual_console_on_startup you will be able to have X automatically respawn with a fresh environment and everything ready to go.

Starting X as prefered user without logging in

A way of circumventing display managers and boot straight into prefered window manager or desktop environment is the following.
In /etc/inittab change:



x:5:respawn:/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm -nodaemon




x:5:once:/bin/su PREFERED_USER -l -c "/bin/bash --login -c startx >/dev/null 2>&1"

where PREFERED_USER is the user of your choice.

Instead of startx, you can of course have any program or self-written script you wish to execute. Myself, I have startx -- -nolisten tcp -br -deferglyphs 16 instead of just startx
you can then choose window manager by editing ~/.xinitrc.

Putting startxfce4 (or xinit, and putting to /.xinitrc for example icewm, and copping ~/.icewm to /.icewm) in /etc/rc.local is also an option, but note that both X and xfce (or the WM/DE of your choice) will start as super-user, which is generally not recommended. Of course you could use the same trick as above and execute your desktop with a /bin/su.