Configuring the Core GNOME Packages

Create (or append to) a ~/.xinitrc file to start GNOME:

echo "exec gnome-session" >> ~/.xinitrc

If you have D-BUS-1.0.2 installed, you can start the D-BUS session daemon here as well. Starting the session daemon here has the added bonus that it will exit when you log out of your GNOME session. If you wish to start the daemon here, use the following command instead of the one shown above:

echo "exec dbus-launch --exit-with-session gnome-session" >> ~/.xinitrc


Check the ~/.xinitrc file and ensure you have no other window managers or other X applications mentioned before GNOME.

Ensure all libraries can be found by udating the linker's cache (as root):


Update the MIME-type application database (as root):


At this point you can bring up GNOME with startx.

Last updated on 2007-07-25 09:48:30 -0500