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Running Raspbian desktop. [ I'm afraid I had not much experience using Linux in general, and none with systemd ] : where, praytell, should I put a startup shell script to run once upon my user ("Pi" of course) auto-logs-in at the desktop ? The script I have in mind is meant to automate the start'n'forking of things like autocutsel and x2vnc, instead of launching them "manually" each time over.

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What I've done in the past is to put startup tasks in the users .xinitrc file (/home/pi/.xinitrc in this case). This should launch when the desktop start up. Just make sure the file has executable permissions.

I used this to start up a kiosk GUI app on a RasPi when the user was auto-logged in. Here's an example script I used to start up the Python based app:

#!/bin/sh
xset -dpms
xset s off
cd ~/app_dir
exec python kiosk_app.py
  • This method did [edited] not work for me : Any /home/pi/.xinitrc script is ignored in the boot process (not executed, not sourced...) 2. An /home/pi/xsession gets executed, however it thus replaces rather than complement the regular xsession thus does not start a full desktop environment and session. 3.What does 100% work for me is to have my custom init script called from the /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart cf link – NimbUs Dec 26 '19 at 19:38
  • What I have works just fine in my setup, but it was from about a year ago so there may have been changes to how Raspbian boots since then. – John S Dec 26 '19 at 20:06
  • I didn't doubt your setting works for your needs. Our situations differ, first - as you said - our versions of the Raspbian OS; second, the programs I want launched apparently cannot be run too early, but only after the LXDE (PIXEL) desktop is in place - which is what autostart affords. – NimbUs Dec 26 '19 at 21:28

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