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

Wayne Sierke ws at
Mon Jan 2 05:07:33 UTC 2017

On Sat, 2016-12-31 at 10:41 -0800, David Christensen wrote:
> What is the canonical method to determine if hald is operating on a 
> FreeBSD 11 system?

This desktop is running Gnome3 on FreeBSD-10.3:

~ # service -l | grep hal
~ # service hald status
hald is running as pid 1056.
~ #

Note that in this case hald (and other services) are automatically
launched due to "gnome_enable" in /etc/rc.conf:

~ # cat /etc/rc.conf

# Gnome desktop
# hald_enable="YES"
# dbus_enable="YES"
# polkitd_enable="YES"
# gdm_enable="YES"

~ # grep -r gnome_enable /usr/local/etc/rc.d | less
~ #

> That said, are Gnome or KDE better integrated on FreeBSD?

I've been using Gnome3 (and previously Gnome2 and mate) and overall it
has worked quite well for me (on my desktop system, I've never used it
on laptops etc.)

I did give lumina a quick try and thought it looked quite good. (I only
went back to Gnome3 because I now strongly prefer Gnome3's app/window


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