New question on Mate and FreeBSD
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Tue Apr 25 12:22:30 UTC 2017
On Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:25:11 -0400, James B. Byrne wrote:
> On Mon, April 24, 2017 16:45, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:10:10 -0400, James B. Byrne via
> > freebsd-questions wrote:
> >> How does one drop out of slim to the console? I installed FreeBSD-11
> >> on a spare laptop and I am having some difficulty logging on through
> >> slim. I have installed mate and slim but when I run slim it prompts
> >> for a login and then fails with 'unable to execute login'; or
> >> something similar.
> >> However when this happens I do not know how to get out of the
> >> graphical logon screen without rebooting the system.
> > Solution A: switch consoles with Ctrl+Alt+PF1 / PF2 / PF3 / ...
> > Solution B: do A, followed by "killall -9 slim"
> > This of course doesn't work anymore when you're using sc "as"
> > the console driver, so you must use "vt". This _might_ indtroduce
> > new problems with character sizes, fonts, and locale support. :-)
> > Sidenote: In normal text mode, you use Alt+PF1 / PF2 / PF3 / ...
> > to switch between the virtual consoles, the "Print / Sys Rq" key
> > can be used to iterate through the consoles.
> My usual practice on CentOS is to configure the host to boot into text
> mode and then run startx from the console to start the graphical
This can also be done on FreeBSD. Both a display manager and
the actual X session (running a window manager or a whole desktop
environment) can be initiated from the text mode.
> I have installed mate on the FreeBSD system but cannot seem
> to hit upon the correct manner to start it. Well, it sort of starts
> but what shows up is not recognisable as desktop. This is just
> ignorance on my part. I had similar problems when I decided to use
> mate instead of gnome when I was testing RHEL/CentOS7.
I have recently switched an installation of a Gnome 2 "destroyed
by update" to MATE (and slim instead of gdm), now ~/.xinitrc and
~/.xsession get honored as expected. Interestingly, some of the
Gnome settings were "inherited", but others needed to be set up
> Does PF1 == F1 (function key 1) or does this refer to something else?
Sorry, that's my typical "IBM speak": The name PF key refers to
the correct term "programmable function key", but PF1 and F1 are
exactly the same thing. Must be the result of using a keyboard
where the actual labels were PF1, PF2, and so on... ;-)
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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