Re: startx toasts AfterStep start directory

Paul Keefer (
Sun, 20 Sep 1998 14:20:02 -0500

I had a similar problem and found a slightly different solution.

I am using xdm and in the /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession file there is a section
that looks like this:

if [ -x "$startup" ]; then
        exec "$startup"
elif [ -x "$HOME/.Xclients" ]; then
        exec "$HOME/.Xclients"

I had a .xsession file in my home directory, but it apparently wasn't being
used.  The problem was that the permissions didn't allow for execute, so
the /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients file was being called, and that clobbers the
~/G/L/A directory structure.  Once I changed the ~/.xsession file to mode
700 everything worked fine.  All errors are sent to .xsession-errors now

I  hope this helps some.

Oh, this is a standard RedHat 5.1 installation too.

David Mihm wrote:

> The options are as follows:
> 1) rpm -e Afterstep ; then get the official non-RedHat-m4-processing
> version from a download site near you listed at .
> 2) create an ~/.Xclients and ~/.xinitrc file with just "afterstep" in
> them, this will bypass the m4 processing calls in the default (RedHat)
> startx process.
>         I believe this to be accurate, as this was the solution someone
> else has posted to this list.  If this (2)does not work for you please
> post again.
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