FreeBSD 11.0 i386, XDM 1.1.11_6, XFCE 4.12_1 -- How to enable GUI shutdown and restart?

David Christensen dpchrist at
Tue Dec 27 04:13:12 UTC 2016


I have a machine running FreeBSD 11.0 i386, XDM, and XFCE:

2016-12-26 19:48:26 dpchrist at t7400 ~
$ freebsd-version

2016-12-26 19:48:42 dpchrist at t7400 ~
$ uname -a
FreeBSD t7400 11.0-RELEASE-p1 FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1 #0 r306420: Thu 
Sep 29 03:40:55 UTC 2016 
root at  i386

2016-12-26 19:48:44 dpchrist at t7400 ~
$ pkg info xdm | grep -i version
Version        : 1.1.11_6

2016-12-26 19:48:51 dpchrist at t7400 ~
$ pkg info xfce | grep -i version
Version        : 4.12_1

I installed Xorg per the handbook:

However, I was unable to figure out how to exit TWM -- left-clicking on 
desktop and choosing Exit caused the windows to go blank and mouse 
clicks to no longer do anything.  I had to ssh in from another machine 
and kill the xinit process.

I then installed XFCE per the Handbook:

2016-12-26 19:48:55 dpchrist at t7400 ~
$ cat .xinitrc
exec /usr/local/bin/startxfce4 --with-ck-launch

2016-12-26 19:53:46 dpchrist at t7400 ~
$ cat .xsession
exec /usr/local/bin/startxfce4 --with-ck-launch

I was able to start Xfce via 'startx'.  Choosing Mouse -> Log out 
brought me back to the shell.

I then installed XDM per the Handbook:

After rebooting, XDM comes up, I can log in, XFCE works, and log out 
returns me to XDM.

How do I enable GUI Shutdown and Restart capabilities in both XDM and XFCE?



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