OpenWindows Advanced User's Guide

A.2.2 The .xinitrc File

The following are important notes about the .xinitrc and /usr/openwin/lib/Xinitrc files:

  1. In the OpenWindows Version 2 environment, the openwin script automatically created a copy of /usr/openwin/lib/Xinitrc to a file called .xinitrc in your home directory. This is no longer the case in the OpenWindows Version 3.3 environment. This is significant because:

    1. The openwin start-up script uses the default start-up file, /usr/openwin/lib/Xinitrc, unless there is an .xinitrc file in your home directory, which overrides the default.

    2. It is important that you use the default /usr/openwin/lib/Xinitrc file that come with OpenWindows Version 3.3 software, or later versions. (However, if you want to retain any special changes you made to the .xinitrc file in the Version 2 software, you can do so by following the instructions in this section.)

  2. If you run your system with multiple screens, you no longer need multiple instances of olwm.