On my new netbook
I wanted to get rid of
just start X right away. I use auto-login anyway so it
is a bit stupid to first start
gdm and then immediately start X.
So I removed gdm and edited
/etc/rc.local to start X:
su - miekg -c xinit xterm
But this sort of does not work anymore in Ubuntu Karmic. Karmic
now uses upstart as an
So I figured why
not write an upstart job that starts X?
The upstart jobs in Ubuntu are stored in
Gdm’s upstart script was a good starting point so I copied that.
I finally settled on the following job:
% cat /etc/init/X.conf # X - start X description "Start X" author "Miek Gieben <email@example.com>" start on (filesystem and started hal) stop on runlevel  task console output emits starting-x script su - miekg -c xinit xterm end script
So now I can enjoy a really fast boot and fast X startup.
You’ll need a
~/.xinitrc to start up XFCE or GNOME or
Note; after reading some docs I still don’t know what the keyword
task means in
the above job.