xinit - X server initialisation tool

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
Repository Ubuntu Main amd64
Package name xinit
Package version 1.3.4
Package release 3ubuntu3
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Installed size 57 B
Download size 17.73 KB
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xinit and startx are programs which facilitate starting an X server, and
loading a base X session.


Package Version Architecture Repository
xinit_1.3.4-3ubuntu3_i386.deb 1.3.4 i386 Ubuntu Main
xinit - - -


Name Value
coreutils >= 7.4-1
libc6 >= 2.11
libx11-6 -
x11-common -
xauth -


Type URL
Binary Package xinit_1.3.4-3ubuntu3_amd64.deb
Source Package xinit

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install xinit deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install xinit




2018-01-30 - Jeremy Bicha <>
xinit (1.3.4-3ubuntu3) bionic; urgency=medium
* Recommend gnome-terminal before xterm to try to help germinate
pick the correct alternate dependency (LP: #1720482)
2017-10-12 - Jeremy Bicha <>
xinit (1.3.4-3ubuntu2) artful; urgency=medium
* Add alternate Recommends on gnome-terminal (LP: #1720482)
2016-04-22 - Timo Aaltonen <>
xinit (1.3.4-3ubuntu1) yakkety; urgency=medium
* postinst: Check that xinitrc exists before trying to chmod it. (LP:
2015-10-19 - Laurent Bigonville <>
xinit (1.3.4-3) unstable; urgency=medium
* Team upload.
* d/p/08_pick-free-display.patch: Properly pick a free display number if
-nolock or -displayfd is used to start X (like GDM is now doing)
* debian/rules: Make /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc executable again, this got
lost during the xsfbs -> dh7 switch
2015-10-19 - Laurent Bigonville <>
xinit (1.3.4-2) unstable; urgency=medium
* Team upload.
* Remove xsfbs and switch to dh7
* Make /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc executable on upgrade too (Closes: #790433)
* debian/control: Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.6 (no further changes)
* d/p/07_Pass-keeptty-on-current-tty.patch: Pass -keeptty when telling the
server to start on the current tty (Closes: #801529)
2014-09-12 - Laurent Bigonville <>
xinit (1.3.4-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Team upload.
* New upstream release.
- Drop d/p/07-Pass-files-to-cpp-via-CLI-arg-instead-of-stdin-to-wo.patch,
Merged upstream
- debian/patches/001_debian_xinitrc.diff: Refreshed
* Fix debian/patches/03_debian_startx_manpage.diff, a Debian specific note
was not shown anymore
* debian/rules: Make /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc executable to make lintian happy
and also to fix LP: #491696
2014-09-05 - Laurent Bigonville <>
xinit (1.3.3-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Team upload.
* New upstream release.
* debian/patches/001_debian_xinitrc.diff: Refreshed
* d/p/07-Pass-files-to-cpp-via-CLI-arg-instead-of-stdin-to-wo.patch: Remove
empty lines when building with cpp >= 4.8
* 08-Bump-required-util-macros-version-to-1.19.patch,
09-Replace-RAWCPPFLAGS-with-TRADITIONALCPPFLAGS-when-pr.patch: Use
TRADITIONALCPPFLAGS instead of RAWCPPFLAGS so macros like "__linux__" are
properly defined
* 10-startx-Under-Linux-start-X-on-the-current-VT.patch,
11-startx-Pass-vtX-as-long-as-the-user-did-not-specify-.patch: By default
start the server on the current VT, this is necessary to avoid logind to
see the startx session as inactive (Closes: #743015 LP: #1247484)
* debian/control: Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.5 (no further changes)
* debian/control: Use the canonical for the VCS-* fields
* debian/rules: Include to pass the hardening flags
2012-06-16 - Cyril Brulebois <>
xinit (1.3.2-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release. Visible change:
- startx: Choose an unused $DISPLAY by default on all platforms
2011-07-25 - Cyril Brulebois <>
xinit (1.3.1-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* Update Uploaders list. Thanks, David & Brice!
* Wrap Depends/Recommends.
* Get rid of obsolete Replaces on xbase-clients from before lenny.
* Update 03_debian_startx_manpage.diff, moved below man/.
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.2 (no changes).
2010-11-03 - Cyril Brulebois <>
xinit (1.3.0-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* Refresh patch: 001_debian_xinitrc.diff (context tweak).
* Refresh other patches: line offsets.
* Add myself to Uploaders.

See Also

Package Description
xinput_1.6.2-1build1_amd64.deb Runtime configuration and test of XInput devices
xkb-data_2.23.1-1ubuntu1_all.deb X Keyboard Extension (XKB) configuration data
xml-core_0.18_all.deb XML infrastructure and XML catalog file support
xmlsec1_1.2.25-1build1_amd64.deb XML security command line processor
xorg-dev_7.7+19ubuntu7_all.deb X.Org X Window System development libraries
xorg-docs-core_1.7.1-1.1_all.deb Core documentation for the X Window System
xorg-docs_1.7.1-1.1_all.deb Miscellaneous documentation for the X Window System
xorg-sgml-doctools_1.11-1_all.deb Common tools for building X.Org SGML documentation
xorg_7.7+19ubuntu7_amd64.deb X.Org X Window System
xserver-common_1.19.6-1ubuntu4_all.deb common files used by various X servers
xserver-xephyr_1.19.6-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb nested X server
xserver-xorg-core_1.19.6-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb Xorg X server - core server
xserver-xorg-dev_1.19.6-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb Xorg X server - development files
xserver-xorg-input-all_7.7+19ubuntu7_amd64.deb X.Org X server -- input driver metapackage
xserver-xorg-input-libinput-dev_0.27.1-1_all.deb X.Org X server -- libinput input driver (development headers)