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Minimal XFCE install

This document describes how to perform a minimal xfce4 install, along with some optional extras for a more complete desktop.

Installing XFCE

Install the core packages that will be enough to allow you to start using the XFCE desktop environment.

root@devuan:~# apt-get install xfce4-panel xfdesktop4 xfwm4 xfce4-settings xfce4-session

The following packages are useful for a more complete desktop.

root@devuan:~# apt-get install xfce4-terminal xfce4-appfinder xfce4-power-manager thunar ristretto cinnabar-icon-theme

Adding support for auto-mounting

Install the necessary packages for thunar (the XFCE file manager) to support auto-mounting of drives.

root@devuan:~# apt-get install thunar-volman gvfs policykit-1

When you next login and start your desktop you can use the XFCE settings manager to configure auto-mounting.

Adding a display manager

If you want a display manager you would normally use slim 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

Login to a regular user account at the console and use the startxfce4 script.

user@devuan:~$ startxfce4

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