[Chugalug] Raspberry Pi, and how to start X automatically

James Nylen jnylen at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 03:13:31 UTC 2012

I have lots of stuff I'd like to do with small Internet-enabled
devices too.  I think RPi is overkill for most of them though.

I want to do home automation, starting with simple stuff like
controlling an outlet, and I'd love to make a sous-vide cooker that
logs statistics, shows graphs, is web-controllable, etc.

I'm leaning towards Arduino for those things, but I need to do more
research and find the time.

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM, Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 22:09:51 -0400
> James Nylen <jnylen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> One of the first things I need to do is have it start the X server
>> automatically when it powers up.  This page (
>> http://elinux.org/RPi_Debian_Auto_Login ) says to add "startx" to
>> /etc/profile .  But, doesn't that start X as root?
> So 'su useryouwantrunXas -c startx'. Welcome to the fun of hacking it
> yourself!
>> What interesting things are you doing (or you plan to do) with your
>> Pi?
> I don't have a Pi yet, and am not even sure it's the right technology
> given a lot of the little devices I have lying around, but the two
> things that come immediately to mind:
> 1. Open my garage door from my smart phone. This is easier 'cause I've
>    got a static IP on my DSL.
> 2. Do some energy management for my workshop. Not for energy
>    management, but to find a way to tell me when I've left the lights
>    on and the door open.
> Dan
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