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Minimal XFCE install

This document describes how to perform a minimal xfce4 install along with some optional extras that are usually wanted.

Installing XFCE

First gain root access. Enter your root password when prompted.

user@devuan:~$ su

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.

user@devuan:~$ startxfce4

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