Bug 104910 - startx client argument handling inconsistent
Summary: startx client argument handling inconsistent
Alias: None
Product: xorg
Classification: Unclassified
Component: App/xinit (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Xorg Project Team
QA Contact: Xorg Project Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-02-02 00:18 UTC by code
Modified: 2018-08-10 20:30 UTC (History)
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Description code 2018-02-02 00:18:37 UTC
startx handles client arguments without a specific client inconsistently when ~/.xinitrc exists.

Documented behaviour in the manpage for xinit when ~/.xinitrc exists:
 a) According to the description "xinit -arg" results in running "~/.xinitrc -arg"
 b) This conflicts with the third example (quote: "It will ignore  .xinitrc.")

Observed xinit behaviour:
 * Behaviour a) is used.

Documented startx behaviour in manpage
 * If client arguments are given without a client, do the same as xinit.
 * Use xinitrc if it exists and no client and no client arguments are given.

Intended behaviour from sourcecode ("compatibility reasons"):
 * Use xinitrc if no client and no client arguments are given
 * Use xterm as the client if only client arguments are given
 * Otherwise use the given client with the given client arguments

Observed startx behaviour:
 * "startx -arg"
   -> results in "xinit xterm -arg -- ..."
   -> results in ~/.xinitrc with arguments $1=xterm, $2=-arg

I found two issues with this:

1) "xterm" has to be resolved to an absolute path for xinit to work properly. This would restore the behaviour as intended in the code.

The problem can be fixed by setting --with-xterm to an absolute path during ./configure, but DEFAULT_XTERM should be a sane working value as well.
Maybe "defaultclient" should be resolved with "which" or "whereis -b". 

2) What is the correct behaviour for startx?
  * the way xinit works and is documented in the description
  * the way xinit is described in the examples,
  * the way startx was written including fix 1)? 

I am using Arch Linux with xorg-xinit 1.3.4-4 
( ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-xinitdir=/etc/X11/xinit )
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