[LightDM] How do I start a program when X starts?

Bryce Harrington bryce at canonical.com
Thu Aug 18 14:30:43 PDT 2011

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 02:14:14PM -0500, Jonathan Schuster wrote:
> I'm having some problems getting my composite manager (cairo-compmgr) to
> start up with X when using LightDM. The Arch wiki recommends putting it in
> .xinitrc (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cairo_Compmgr#Configuration),
> but neither that nor .xsession seem to run when I log in. What's the
> recommend way to start a program when X starts when using LightDM?

Does ~/.xprofile work?

I don't know why .xinitrc and .xsession don't work (or why we have three
files purporting to do the same thing...)


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