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When I run: xinit [client application] -- :128 vt01 -novtswitch I notice it starts an instance of xterm in addition to my client application. Per the man page:

   ...

   If no specific client program is given on the command line, xinit  will
   look  for a file in the user's home directory called .xinitrc to run as
   a shell script to start up client programs.  If no  such  file  exists,
   xinit will use the following as a default:

        xterm  -geometry  +1+1  -n  login  -display  :0

   ...

I assumed 'if' was the key word here. I have specified my own client program; why is it still running xterm?

This is in a clean Mint 12/mate vm I just created.

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perhaps Unix & Linux would be a better stackexchange for this – enthdegree Aug 3 '12 at 23:55
    
Is your ~/.xinitrc file executable? – Keith Aug 4 '12 at 0:21
    
No sir, it doesn't even exist. Nor does /root/.xinitrc . The only existing xinitrc on the system is /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc which is not executable; perms are 164 – enthdegree Aug 4 '12 at 0:29

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