On 2006-07-11 09:09, Peter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I have the following in my .xinitrc file:
> aterm -e screen &
> What is happening is that neither /etc/profile nor ~/.profile are
> being read.  How can I get either of them to be sourced?

By default, xterm, rxvt, aterm and various other terminal emulators
start non-login shells.  This means that .profile is not sourced by the
shell spawned by the terminal.  You can enable a `login shell' inside
one of these terminal emulators with the -ls option:

        aterm -ls -e screen &
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