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The following reply was made to PR misc/39891; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Christopher Berardi <cberardi%natoufa.com@localhost>
Subject: Re: misc/39891
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:23:49 -0400
I came across this problem as well. I followed the instructions in the NetBSD
guide (chapter 9.10 Graphical login with xdm), and all seemed well, but when I
started a xterm, my .shrc (sourced from $ENV) was not being read. So, none of
my aliases, prompt, etc. was present.
It turns out, I needed to reference /etc/profile in the Xsession file. Since I
followed the instructions of the manual and created a symlink from .xinitrc to
.xsession, I placed the following into my $HOME/.xinitrc:
if [ -f /etc/profile ]; then
if [ -f $HOME/.profile ]; then
And now all is loaded as should be.
Be still, and know that I am God (Psalms 46:10)
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