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Old 21st February 2012
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Default startx or xinit ? what difference ?

Hey ! how are you BSD Hackers ?

Just a question about the difference beween x launching command 'startx' and the other equivalent -if true- 'xinit'

when sometimes startx fails and ends in some bad window or blackens screen I kill X then type : xinit /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc (under OpenBSD/NetBSD)

why does the first fail while the second succeeds ?
is the xinit a correct way of starting x ? I am starting to drop 'startx' on behalf of 'xinit' ..

sorry .. such annoying noob's questions .. but we are here to learn from you ..
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The short of it, is that xinit(1) just starts X, and startx(1) also initializes xauth(1) before starting X.

Usually you'll just want to use xinit(1)

startx(1) is actually just a shell script, so you can just open it with any text editor (The exact configuration may differ from system to system, lots of #IFDEF in the source ... During installation it's run through the C preprocessor)
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.
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