Urgent help request! was Re: how do you get something to run when a user logs on?

Craig E. Szymanski cszymanski at berlinschools.org
Tue Sep 2 14:47:27 BST 2008

----- "john" <lists.john at gmail.com> wrote:

| From: "john" <lists.john at gmail.com>
| To: "Oliver Grawert" <ogra at ubuntu.com>
| Cc: edubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
| Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2008 5:21:55 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
| Subject: Urgent help request! was Re: how do you get something to run when a user logs on?
| Hi all,
| I am two days away from the start of school and the problem I
| described before still applies to me. If I can't figure this out I'll
| have to put off my upgrade to 8.04 (or 8.10 perhaps) until December.
| I'd really appreciate any help.
| This issue is I want to run some scripts that up until now have been
| called by /etc/profile. This has worked for me up through Edubuntu
| 7.04 The scripts use the system variables $HOME and $USER to map NFS
| shares to users desktops. I understand from oli and others that the
| image generated by 8.04 doesn't reference /etc/profile when users log
| in.
Hi John,
I had this problem when I upgraded to Gutsy
What I ended up doing was using the information on this page...
and put this file: http://trac.64studio.com/64studio/attachment/ticket/107/15shell_profile
into: /etc/X11/Xsession.d
Make sure it is executable: chmod 755 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/15shell_profile

Afterwards all my printer settings and other tweaks worked as before.

| On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:27 AM, Oliver Grawert <ogra at ubuntu.com>
| wrote:
| > hi,
| > On Do, 2008-08-28 at 08:03 -0700, john wrote:
| >> Hi all,
| >>
| >> I was wondering where I can put scripts that I want to run when a
| user
| >> logs on to a thin client. I used to put them in /etc/profile but
| that
| >> doesn't seem to work under Hardy. It seems like LDM is somehow
| >> by-passing the stuff I put there. Can someone help me out?
| > ldm is executing /etc/X11/Xsession by default ... (like gdm or kdm
| do)
| > one option would be to put stuff into /etc/X11/Xsession.d, another
| is to
| > use the xdg autostart mechanism in /etc/xdg/autostart
| >
| > ciao
| >        oli
| >
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