Introduction to xinit

The xinit package contains a usable script to start the xserver.

This package is not a part of the Xorg katamari and is provided only as a dependency to other packages or for testing the completed Xorg installation.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

xinit Dependencies


Xorg Libraries

Recommended (runtime only)

User Notes:

Installation of xinit

Install xinit by running the following commands:

./configure $XORG_CONFIG --with-xinitdir=/etc/X11/app-defaults &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&


If starting Xorg from the command line, the default instructions above starts Xorg on the current virtual terminal. It may be convenient to see Xorg and associated application messages on the current virtual terminal, normally tty1, and start the graphical environment on the first available unused virtual terminal, normally tty7. To do this, set the suid bit on the Xorg application as the root user:

chmod u+s $XORG_PREFIX/libexec/Xorg

At this point you can start Xorg on virtual terminal 7 with startx <client arguments> -- vt7. Now you can toggle between tty1 and tty7 with the Ctrl-Alt-F1 and Ctrl-Alt-F7 key combinations.

To automatically start Xorg on the first available virtual terminal, modify the startx script as the root user with:

sed -i '/$serverargs $vtarg/ s/serverargs/: #&/' $XORG_PREFIX/bin/startx

After this change, the virtual terminal does not need to be specified on the startx command line.


Installed Programs: xinit and startx
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


initializes an X session


is the X Window System initializer