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I want to start a few applications right after my wm (dwm) loads, where can I put my script so this happens? I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and using dwm.

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You can put customizations in a file called ~/.xinitrc. This is meant for when you start Xorg with the startx command. If you are running a display manager instead, you will need an ~/.xsession script instead.

According to the Ubuntu wiki page CustomXSession, you can just symlink those two files.

As an example, here is my ~/.xinitrc;



export XCURSOR_THEME=redglass

# Set language stuff
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

# merge in defaults and keymaps
if [ -f $sysresources ]; then
    xrdb -merge $sysresources
if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
    xmodmap $sysmodmap
if [ -f $userresources ]; then
    xrdb -merge $userresources

# set mouse accelleration parameters
xset m 3/1 4
# set keyboard repeat rate
xset r rate 200 60

# Allow local access to the X server.
xhost +local:

# Load my customizations.
if [ -f $usermodmap ]; then
    xmodmap $usermodmap
setxkbmap -option compose:rwin
pulseaudio --start
xstdcmap -best
Esetroot ~/.backgrounds/endurance_crater1920.png

# start the window manager. This _must_ be the last command
# and it _must_ be run with exec!
exec i3

You can add commands to this file before you run the window manager. You can put the commands in the background by appending ' &' to them.

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