The Gnome Display Manager gdm, when installed, will start
up automatically on boot. This presents an X Window System interface
to log on. If you are used to starting the X Window System from the
command line you will be used to using either .xsession or
.xinitrc to tune some of your X Window System settings. The
System menu in the gdm dialogue lets you start up
Debian, Gnome, or XSession. To tune your X Window System settings in
this environment with your .xsession file be sure to run with
the Debian session. If you use the default Gnome session in
gdm place your tuning in the file .gnomerc in your
home directory, but be sure not to include any window managers, etc.,
as these are started by the gnome-session command that the
Gnome session starts. Some startup tunning I perform incudes:
# Left ALT should be META so that it is the way I like it in Emacs.
xmodmap -e 'keysym Alt_L = Meta_L'
xmodmap -e 'add mod1 = Meta_L'
# Start up by asking for the SSH Pass Phrase
ssh-add .ssh/id_dsa </dev/null
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