MATE 'base' desktop is ready for anyone to test it.

Jeremy Messenger mezz.freebsd at
Fri Jul 27 18:09:12 UTC 2012

Hello all,

The MATE base desktop (x11/mate-base) is ready to use and test. The
MATE base is a very lite and lean desktop. The MATE base list can be
viewed at . I will add more
applications that are in the 'Extras' list that will be in the
x11/mate (doesn't exist as now). To get it, you will need to grab
marcusmerge script from
then run 'sh marcusmerge -m ports-experimental'. To update it:

- sh marcusmerge -U
- Update your ports tree by using csup or other method.
-sh marcusmerge -u -m ports-experimental

To run MATE desktop:


exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch mate-session

If you want to use login manager. I only have tested it with x11/slim
so far. I do not plan to test it with GDM, so feel free to test and
fix on your own. To get x11/slim works..


exec mate-session

While I am here. I did some work on port LightDM to FreeBSD, but there
is a problem with our x11/xorg-server (/usr/local/bin/X) is missing
some function that LightDM needs like 'X -novtswitch' and probably
other more. I have tried to add -novtswitch and it got me to the login
screen, but it doesn't let me to log in with my password for some
reasons. I will clean up the x11/lightdm and pass on to anyone that
who want to finish it (got bored with it for me when I found

Please continue to read to the bottom.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeremy Messenger <mezz at>
Date: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Subject: [marcuscom-devel] cvs commit:
ports-experimental/x11/mate-base Makefile pkg-descr pkg-message
To: marcuscom-devel at

mezz        2012-07-27 17:37:20 UTC

  MarcusCom CVS repository

  Added files:
    x11/mate-base        Makefile pkg-descr pkg-message pkg-plist
  This metaport installs only MATE base (lite, a lean desktop) with
  file manager without any of extra applications. If you want to
  have the most common user MATE applications, please install the
  x11/mate metaport.

  It was copied from the pkg-descr as we don't have the x11/mate yet, but
  we will. The version is 1.4. However, I have decided to add mate-base
  because it is stable compare to 1.2. The only error that I am getting

  dbus[1377]: [system] Rejected send message, 2 matched rules;
  type="method_call", sender=":1.13" (uid=1001 pid=1602 comm="caja ")
  interface="org.freedesktop.DBus.Properties" member="GetAll" error
  name="(unset)" requested_reply="0" destination=":1.2" (uid=0 pid=1520
  comm="/usr/local/sbin/console-kit-daemon --no-daemon ")

  I don't know what it is, but it looks like it doesn't affect function
  to use MATE. I haven't test the mount/umount yet, so it probably affects
  on that part or not.

  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.1       +34 -0     ports-experimental/x11/mate-base/Makefile (new)
  1.1       +21 -0     ports-experimental/x11/mate-base/pkg-descr (new)
  1.1       +8 -0      ports-experimental/x11/mate-base/pkg-message (new)
  1.1       +1 -0      ports-experimental/x11/mate-base/pkg-plist (new)
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