Minimal XFCE install

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

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

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

user@devuan:~$ startxfce4

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