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I've upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 recently, and I can't get it to load my ~/.xinitrc when I log into Gnome.

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This is a better candidate for superuser.com –  Suppressingfire Nov 22 '09 at 21:27
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It's hard to keep all the different sites straight. –  oneself Dec 8 '09 at 18:15
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Do you log in using GDM or any other graphical login manager? They usually ignore .xinitrc and read .xsession instead.

You could symlink .xinitrc to .xsession or the other way around to keep them synched:

ln -s .xinitrc .xsession
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Shouldn't that be ln -s .xinitrc .xsession ? –  Suppressingfire Nov 22 '09 at 21:25
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Hm, in this example, yes. Thanks for pointing it out. –  Mikael S Nov 22 '09 at 21:34
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

I put a call in ~/.gnomerc that loads ~/.xinitrc.

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