A question about login shells

Mike Hernandez sequethin at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 17:56:33 PDT 2005


On 8/22/05, Kevin Somervill <ksomervi at brokenlogo.com> wrote:
> Mike Hernandez wrote:
> > by default xterm doesnt start as a login shell. try xterm -ls
> 
> I did that first, then found the Xdefaults entry.  My concern is that
> somewhere along the way I goofed.  Or maybe this has always been taken
> care of for me and I just didn't notice.

nope... no goof :) just the default. if you use gnome-terminal or
konsole there's options for that too.  Not sure why it's not a login
shell by default... I can guess that maybe if you have something in
the startup files that only get sourced for a login shell (.login,
.bash_login, something like that) that you might end up doing things
over that you don't want done more than once? But that's a guess of
course... maybe someone else has the cluebat handy?

Mike



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