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gnome-session - Starts up the GNOME desktop environment
gnome-session [--choosesession] [--failsafe] [--purge-delay=DELAY] [--warn-delay=DELAY]
The gnome-session program starts up the GNOME desktop environment. This command is typi-
cally executed by your login manager (either gdm, xdm, or from your X startup scripts).
It will load either your last session, or it will provide a default session for the user
as defined by the system administrator (or the default GNOME installation on your system).
You can optionally specify a specific session name to restore.
gnome-session is an X11R6 session manager. It can manage GNOME applications as well as
any X11R6 SM compliant.
gnome-session uses the contents of the ~/.gnome/session file for starting up as specified
by the "Current Sesssion" key in the ~/.gnome/session-options file. Various default val-
ues are provided in case the file entry does not exist.
If the session file does not exist, gnome-session will use the contents of the
The following options are supported:
User can specify a session to load, as opposed to the session specified in the
~/.gnome/session-options file. If that entry does not exist in the ~/.gnome/session
file (or if that file doesn't exist), it will use the default session and all saves
to that session will be to the new session name.
Fail safe operations mode: only reads saved sessions from the default.session file.
The number of millisecond that gnome-session will wait for clients to register, if
you use 0 it will wait forever (default value: 30,000 milliseconds).
The number of millisecond that gnome-session will wait for clients to respond, if
you use 0 it will wait forever (default value: 10,000 milliseconds).
The number of millisecond that gnome-session will wait for clients to die, if you
use 0 it will wait forever (default value: 10,000 milliseconds).
gnome-session accepts all of the standard environment variables used by gnome programs,
other than the SESSION_MANAGER environment variable. [ xref to a manpage where this is
documented. ] gnome-session also sets several environment variables for the use of its
This variable is used by session-manager aware clients to contact gnome-session.
This variable is set to the X display being used by gnome-session. Note that if the
--display option is used this might be different from the setting of the environ-
ment variable when gnome-session is invoked.
If you find bugs in the gnome-session program, please report these using bug-buddy or the
gnome-bug script included with the GNOME libraries distribution.
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