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Re: Help with login/environment: bash_profile, bashrc, xdm


I don't run either gdm or xdm, but do run kdm.  For kdm, there is a file 
in /etc/kde3/kdm/Xsession.  At the top of this file, it had:


I changed this to
#!/bin/bash --login

and now when I fire up an xterm equilavents inside of kde, all the 
shells are login shells and my ~/.bash_profile is processed with my 
defined enviroment variables.

You may be able to get away with editing /etc/X11/Xsession and doing the 
above change.

There may be problems with making all shells start as login shells.  I 
don't pretend to know what they may be and various pros/cons, but the 
above change works for me and gets my ~/.bash_profile read when I fire 
up kde.


On Monday 09 December 2002 10:25 pm, Paul Mackinney wrote:
> Hi. I use the blackbox window manager, but I'm having trouble with my
> default environment.
> I was using gdm and all was fine, except that
>    - My customizations to the login window kept getting bonked.
> 	 - If you ctrl-alt-f1 to get a non-X terminal, it keeps coming back
> 		 every n seconds without being asked. Especially annoying if your X
> 		 configuration is bad... I'm just not a GNOME fan.
> So I switched to xdm
>    - and my .bash_profile stopped getting processed. So that after
> 		 opening an xterm, none of my custom environment variables were
> 		 active, just the custom aliases in .bashrc.
>    - I tried putting 'source ./.bash_profile' at the top of my
> xsession file, but no luck.
> Can someone tell me, or point me to the right docs, to get xdm to run
> .bash_profile so that all term windows inherit the environment?
> And a more philosophical question: Anyone care to provide a 50 word
> essay on the proper use of .bash_profile and .bashrc? I have an
> environment that generally works, but it's based on random examples,
> trial, and error rather than consistent application of fundamental
> principles.
> TIA, Paul

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