colord hints needed

Gary Aitken freebsd at
Wed Dec 19 03:57:30 UTC 2018

On 12/18/18 1:56 PM, Tijl Coosemans wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:55:38 -0700 Gary Aitken
> <freebsd at> wrote:
>> On 12/18/18 3:05 AM, Tijl Coosemans wrote:
>>> On Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:33:45 -0700 Gary Aitken 
>>> <freebsd at> wrote:
>> ...
>>>> Can anyone who is using colord point me at what it takes to get
>>>> it running? I have it installed but it's not running, and it's
>>>> not clear to me how to get it set up.  I see man pages
>>>> installed for cd-create-profile cd-fix-profile cd-it8 colormgr
>>>> I see the following behavior:
>> ...
>>>> I'm running xfce4 as a wm; no session mgr.
>>> It provides org.freedesktop.ColorManager D-Bus service and it
>>> should be started automatically by dbus-daemon whenever an
>>> application tries to access that service.  When I run "colormgr
>>> get-devices" colord is started.
>> Thanks.  I've got colord running (manually started at the moment)
>>> So make sure you have dbus_enable="YES" in /etc/rc.conf and that
>>> it is running (run "service dbus status" and "service dbus
>>> start").  You may also need to have xfce4-session installed and
>>> start xfce using "startxfce4 --with-ck-launch".
>> I have xfce4-session installed. I normally start x using startx
>> with xfce4 started via .xinitrc. The cmd used to just be 
>> /usr/local/bin/startxfce4 & but I've changed that to include
>> --with-ck-launch
>> So colord is running, but there is no _ICC_PROFILE atom on the root
>> window. colormgr get-devices shows nothing colormgr get-profiles 
>> shows the icc profiles installed with colord. It lists them with an
>> "Object Path" of /org/freedesktop/ColorManager/profiles and a
>> Filename (actual path, apparently) of 
>> /usr/local/share/color/icc/colord
>> I seem to have the following processes related to session
>> management:
>> $ ps ax | grep session 71083  -  Is        0:00.11
>> /usr/local/bin/dbus-daemon --fork --print-pid 5 --print-address 7
>> --session 71112  -  S         0:00.07
>> /usr/local/libexec/at-spi2-registryd --use-gnome-session 71043 v4
>> I         0:00.00 ck-launch-session xfce4-session 71079 v4  I
>> 0:00.07 xfce4-session 71082 v4  I         0:00.00
>> /usr/local/bin/dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session
>> xfce4-session 71249  7  S+        0:00.00 grep session
>> How does one get the _ICC_PROFILE atom assigned to the display? Or
>> perhaps a better question, how does one tell colord that a device 
>> should be available to be color managed?  There seem to be commands
>> for creating, activating and setting properties of a device, but it
>> is unclear to me what the attributes of those commands are and how
>> to choose appropriate values. e.g. create-device [ID} [SCOPE]
>> [KIND], device-set-kind [ID|PATH] [KIND] The man page for colormgr
>> isn't much help...
> For XFCE I think you need, but
> there doesn't seem to be a port of it.

Thanks, that did the trick.


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