Set default session for thin clients on LTSP

David Van Assche dvanassche at
Fri Oct 24 13:38:18 BST 2008

The easiest solution is creating  ~/.xsession for the users that
includes the line:
exec /usr/bin/startxfce4

Kind Regards
David Van Assche

On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 2:22 PM, Todd O'Bryan <toddobryan at> wrote:
> I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 with the LTSP packages and would like to set
> Xfce as the default window manager. If my students click on
> Preferences->Select session->startxfce4, they can get Xfce, so all the
> packages are there and work, but I've been unsuccessful at making it
> the default session.
> Here's the information I've amassed thus far:
> 1. The correct lts.conf file I should be using is
> /var/lib/tftpboot/ltsp/i386/lts.conf (This doesn't actually exist on
> my server, so do I just create it from scratch?)
> 2. Setting
> [default]
>    LDM_REMOTECMD = /usr/bin/startxfce4
> should do what I want. Unfortunately, it doesn't.
> The tricky bit is that this information is cobbled together from
> multiple sources, so I'm not sure if I'm trying to use environment
> variables from one version with the lts.conf location of another
> version.
> I found the LTSP Documentation at
> but can't find LDM_REMOTECMD or anything else about setting a default
> session. Am I just missing it?
> Thanks,
> Todd
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