Manolis Kiagias sonic2000gr at gmail.com
Sun Nov 2 22:50:32 PST 2008

joeb wrote:
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> FBSD1 wrote:
>> What port names need to be installed to create a XFCE4 desktop
> environment?
>> I was looking for a mega port like kde3 has but could not identify one.
>> Thanks in advance.
> I'm going to rake a random guess: x11-wm/xfce4 ?
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> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Eitan Adler
> Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 12:14 PM
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> Subject: Re: XFCE4
> Thank you for your random guess, but research of the ports system seem to
> indicate a whole suite of ports are needed to build a complete working
> environment.
> Waiting for a real user to fill in the details of what combination of ports
> they used to build their XFCE4 desktop.

It is not really a random guess, x11-wm/xfce4 is the metaport you need 
to build for a working XFCE4 environment.
There are a couple of additional tools you may also wish to use in this 
environment. I would recommend graphics/ristretto for a lightweight 
image viewer,  sysutils/thunar-volman-plugin to handle mounting of 
external media, sysutils/xfce4-battery-plugin if running on a laptop.

Also, make sure to read:

Section 5.7.4:


For usb mounting:


For policy kit / hal settings:


and when compiling Thunar (the file manager) make sure to select FAM 
support from the options dialog.

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