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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: OpenBox - Xfce - Xorg Installation Reply with quote

I'm new to Gentoo and I'd like to know the steps to get Xorg - Openbox (Laptop) and Xfce on my Desktop working. I have installed Xorg and Xfce on my desktop on the following order:

1) emerge -av xorg-server
2) emerge --ask xfce-base/xfwm4 xfce-base/xfce4-panel

When I run startxfce4 though, it won't launch it. Any ideas?

I believe I have included the necessery USE flags on my make.conf including my graphics card.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how are you starting startxfce4? through xinit or startx? though a DM?

I am not sure if it is required, but you may have to install some port parts of xfce, or just xfce4-meta to get everything.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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how are you starting startxfce4? through xinit or startx? though a DM?

I am not sure if it is required, but you may have to install some port parts of xfce, or just xfce4-meta to get everything.

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I run startxfce4. Problem is, I don't want all the stuff that comes with xfce4. Just the basic stuff. Me thinks the xfce4-meta has everything, including screensaver, notifications etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

let me rephrase: do you have X running or not?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veldrin wrote:
let me rephrase: do you have X running or not?

I have installed the xorg-server package following gentoo wiki instructions.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you are still not answering my question. Which wiki (there is no official one)? Which article?

where are you logging in? the plain CLI shell? or do you have some graphical interface already?

AFAIK, startxfce4 need a running X session, before it can do anything.

could you try the following form the plain CLI.
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echo "exec startxfce4" > .xinitrc
xinit


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Veldrin wrote:
you are still not answering my question. Which wiki (there is no official one)? Which article?

where are you logging in? the plain CLI shell? or do you have some graphical interface already?

AFAIK, startxfce4 need a running X session, before it can do anything.

could you try the following form the plain CLI.
[/code]echo "exec startxfce4" > .xinitrc
xinit[code]

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hm.. this is just a bit frustrating as I'm trying now to install xorg-server on my laptop and I think my lack of knowledge of how using USE flags, ends up as being "confusing" to say the least. So basically when I am trying to emerge xorg-server I get lots of options and packages showing the USE flags that I need to use in order for it to be installed? Should I put all the flags highlighted in red into my make.conf?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Should I put all the flags highlighted in red into my make.conf?

The ones indicated in red are already set - there's no need to add them to make.conf.

Be careful with use flags settings and arbitrarily adding them to make.conf or you'll have a plethora of problems later on.

Good luck :wink:
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BillWho wrote:
gentian,

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Should I put all the flags highlighted in red into my make.conf?

The ones indicated in red are already set - there's no need to add them to make.conf.

Be careful with use flags settings and arbitrarily adding them to make.conf or you'll have a plethora of problems later on.

Good luck :wink:

Sorry, I'm still trying to understand how USE flags interact with installing packages from portage. On this instance, I am trying to install the xfce4-meta and it won't install. I think that I need to declare several USE flags on my make.conf in order for the required dependencies to get installed.

I am following this guide => http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Xfce
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am trying to install the xfce4-meta and it won't install.

That really doesn't help in determining what the problem is :!:

First check your profile - since you're installing a desktop then it should be set to desktop.

If errors are encountered during emerge then wgetpaste the error log along with emerge --info =package atom.

If you don't have wgetpaste installed yet then emerge app-text/wgetpaste

This will provide the necessary information to troubleshoot the problem.

Hope this helps :wink:
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BillWho wrote:
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I am trying to install the xfce4-meta and it won't install.

That really doesn't help in determining what the problem is :!:

First check your profile - since you're installing a desktop then it should be set to desktop.

If errors are encountered during emerge then wgetpaste the error log along with emerge --info =package atom.

If you don't have wgetpaste installed yet then emerge app-text/wgetpaste

This will provide the necessary information to troubleshoot the problem.

Hope this helps :wink:

I forgot about that one! However, Openbox installed fine on my laptop with the default profile selected. Would I have any issues? Like gtk etc? I will go on and check the desktop profile on my xfce desktop box and see if that makes a difference.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gentian,

Well, these are the flags that are enabled with the desktop profile:

Code:
root@gentoo-gateway bill # grep USE /usr/portage/profiles/targets/desktop/make.defaults
USE="a52 aac acpi alsa bluetooth branding cairo cdda cdr consolekit dbus dts dvd dvdr emboss encode exif fam firefox flac gdu gif gpm gtk jpeg lcms ldap libnotify mad mng mp3 mp4 mpeg ogg opengl pango pdf png policykit ppds qt3support qt4 sdl spell startup-notification svg tiff truetype vorbis udev unicode usb wxwidgets X xcb x264 xml xulrunner xv xvid"

Therefore, there's no reason to duplicate them in make.conf.
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