Minimal XFCE install
This document describes how to perform a minimal xfce4 install along with some optional extras that are usually wanted.
First gain root access. Enter your root password when prompted.
Now we will install the core packages that will be enough to allow you to start using your new desktop environment.
root@devuan:~# apt-get install xfce4-panel xfdesktop4 xfwm4 xfce4-settings xfce4-session
You might also want these packages for a more full desktop.
root@devuan:~# apt-get install tango-icon-theme xfwm4-themes xfce4-terminal xfce4-appfinder thunar xfce4-power-manager ristretto
Adding support for auto-mounting
Install the necessary packages for thunar (the xfce file manager) to support auto-mounting.
root@devuan:~# apt-get install thunar-volman gvfs policykit-1
After you start your desktop environment you can now use the xfce settings manager to configure auto-mounting.
Adding a display manager
If a display manager is needed I recommend slim which is the default in Devuan.
root@devuan:~# apt-get install slim
Now run update-alternatives to set the x-session-manager to xfce4-session.
root@devuan:~# update-alternatives --config x-session-manager
Using xfce without a display manager
Change to a regular user account.
root@devuan:~# su - yourusername
You can now use the startxfce4 script to start your desktop environment.