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       gnome-session - Starts up the GNOME desktop environment


       gnome-session       [--autostart=DIR]       [--default-session-key=KEY]
       [--failsafe|-f] [--debug]


       The gnome-session program starts  up  the  GNOME  desktop  environment.
       This  command  is typically executed by your login manager (either gdm,
       xdm, or from your X startup scripts).  It will load either  your  saved
       session,  or  it will provide a default session for the user as defined
       by the system administrator (or the default GNOME installation on  your

       The   default   session   is   defined   in   the   GConf   keys  under
       /desktop/gnome/session.  When saving a session, gnome-session saves the
       currently   running   applications   in   the   $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/gnome-
       session/saved-session directory.

       gnome-session is  an  X11R6  session  manager.   It  can  manage  GNOME
       applications as well as any X11R6 SM compliant.


       The following options are supported:

              Start  all  applications defined in DIR, instead of starting the
              applications defined in  /desktop/gnome/session/default_session,
              or  via  the  --default-session-key option. Multiple --autostart
              options can be passed.

              Sets the GConf key from which  applications  running  a  default
              session   should   be   read   to   KEY.   If   not  specificed,
              /desktop/gnome/session/default_session will be used.

              gnome-session  will  run  in  fail-safe   mode.   User-specified
              applications will not be started.

              Enable debugging code.


       gnome-session accepts all of the standard environment variables used by
       gnome programs, other than the  SESSION_MANAGER  environment  variable.
       gnome-session  also  sets  several environment variables for the use of
       its child processes.


              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 environment variable when
              gnome-session is invoked.


       gnome-session-properties(1) gnome-session-save(1) gnome-wm(1)


       If you find bugs in the gnome-session program, please report  these  on

                                     GNOME                    GNOME-SESSION(1)