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NAME

       startx - initialize an X session

SYNOPSIS

       startx  [  [ client ] options ... ] [ -- [ server ] [ display ] options
       ... ]

DESCRIPTION

       The startx script is a front end to xinit(1) that provides  a  somewhat
       nicer  user  interface  for  running  a  single session of the X Window
       System.  It is often run with no arguments.

       Arguments immediately following the startx command are used to start  a
       client in the same manner as xinit(1).  The special argument '--' marks
       the end of client arguments and the beginning of  server  options.   It
       may  be convenient to specify server options with startx to change on a
       per-session basis the default color depth, the server's notion  of  the
       number  of dots-per-inch the display device presents, or take advantage
       of a different server layout, as permitted by the  Xorg(1)  server  and
       specified   in   the  xorg.conf(5)  configuration.   Some  examples  of
       specifying server arguments follow; consult the manual page for your  X
       server to determine which arguments are legal.

              startx -- -depth 16

              startx -- -dpi 100

              startx -- -layout Multihead

       To  determine  the  client to run, startx first looks for a file called
       .xinitrc in the user's home directory.  If that is not found,  it  uses
       the  file  xinitrc  in  the  xinit  library directory.  If command line
       client options are given, they override this behavior and revert to the
       xinit(1)  behavior.  To determine the server to run, startx first looks
       for a file called .xserverrc in the user's home directory.  If that  is
       not  found,  it uses the file xserverrc in the xinit library directory.
       If command line server options are given, they override  this  behavior
       and  revert  to  the xinit(1) behavior.  Users rarely need to provide a
       .xserverrc file.  See the xinit(1) manual page for more details on  the
       arguments.

       The   system-wide   xinitrc  and  xserverrc  files  are  found  in  the
       /etc/X11/xinit directory.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

       DISPLAY                  This variable gets set  to  the  name  of  the
                                display to which clients should connect.  Note
                                that this gets set, not read.

       XAUTHORITY               This variable, if not  already  defined,  gets
                                set   to   $(HOME)/.Xauthority.   This  is  to
                                prevent the X server, if not given  the  -auth
                                argument,   from   automatically   setting  up
                                insecure  host-based  authentication  for  the
                                local    host.    See   the   Xserver(1)   and
                                Xsecurity(7) manual pages for more information
                                on X client/server authentication.

FILES

       $(HOME)/.xinitrc         Client to run.  Typically a shell script which
                                runs many programs in the background.

       $(HOME)/.xserverrc       Server to run.  The default is X.

       /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc   Client to run if  the  user  has  no  .xinitrc
                                file.

       /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc Server  to  run  if the user has no .xserverrc
                                file.

SEE ALSO

       xinit(1), X(7), Xserver(1), Xorg(1), xorg.conf(5)