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Re: ksh and X windows.

On Sat, May 13, 2006 at 01:53:36PM -0400, Peter Fraser wrote:
> My apologies, for not noticing that faq entry. But is
> is not a solution in general.
> I had a menu entry for "emacs", The effect I got
> was the shell inside emacs didn't have ENV set,
> and by that time ksh is not going to look at 
> .profile. I tried to come up with a simple
> example of the problem.
> Why doesn't Xsession just do a ". ~/.profile" 
> before calling /usr/X11R6/bin/fvwm ?

Because .profile might do stuff that does not, at all, make sense in a
context that is not a text-only shell. (E.g. my .profile exec's
misc/screen under the right conditions; I presume this would sort of
work, but not produce a result that is desired, foreseen, or even

If that's what you want, how about just adding that line to ~/.xinitrc?
It's not hard, but you do get to keep the pieces.


[1] This being UNIX, though, it will do exactly what you told it to do.