Startup files

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Boot process

See The Arch boot process

Terminals

If you use Bash (Arch default) as your shell, ~/.bashrc executes and set's all the ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES for itself. You can put whatever you want here if you want it to startup each time you open an xterm etc.

X

Using Display Managers

See Display manager

Starting X by startx or xinit

~/.xinitrc executes.

DE startup files

explanation: when you launch a DE, these files startup things for you.

XFCE, GNOME, KDE

~/Desktop/Autostart/*

KDE

~/.kde/Autostart

Fluxbox

~/.fluxbox/startup

Openbox

User-specific:

~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh

System-wide (only executes if above file doesn't exist):

/etc/xdg/openbox/autostart.sh