PATH ~/bin under gnome

Adam Funk a24061 at
Thu Nov 23 11:12:25 UTC 2006

On 2006-11-22, Marius Gedminas <marius at> wrote:

>> "All programs, or symbolic links to programs, in ~/Desktop/Autostart/ will
>> be run by startxfce4 on startup."
> Ah, but will shell scripts be *run*, or will they be *sourced*?  If
> they're run like ordinary programs, any environment variable
> modifications will not affect the parent process, so you get no effect.

What happens if the system *runs* a bash script which *sources*
another bash script?  Would 
  export FOO=/path/to/bar
have the desired effect?

> There's a nearly universal solution: use ~/.xsession, place your environment
> variable modification at the top and exec the appropriate session script
> at the end (e.g. exec /usr/bin/gnome-session).  Then choose "custom" in
> your login manager.
> The downside to this approach is that you cannot choose different
> sessions in your display manager's menu and expect your environment
> variable settings to appear in each of them.

Hmm.  I like having the flexibility of being able to use a different
DM occasionally.  I recently saw a cryptic reference to ~/.xprofile
somewhere --- is that relevant?

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