[OS X TeX] A few questions

Joseph C. Slater joseph.slater at wright.edu
Sun Aug 8 16:28:14 EDT 2004

On Aug 8, 2004, at 2:52 PM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>> I am still looking for a global ".xinitrc" file. Does this exist? 
>> Like /etc/csh.login as the global file which is read before ~/.login?
>> Thanks,


> To change the default desktop when you startx, you will need to edit 
> one of two files. The first is /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.
>  This script is used as a global fallback preference when there is no 
> /home/username/.xinitrc file present (or /root/.xinitrc for root 
> user). This file must be altered if present. This will change the 
> individual user's preference.
>  You see, one thing startx does is looks for the presence of 
> /home/somebody/.xinitrc and runs that. If that file does not exist, it 
> will run /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc It's a little more complicated than 
> that, but we won't get into that here.

A little hunting around shows how this happens in the startx script:

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