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Re: Confused about setting up MATE desktop


On 7/19/2021 10:11 PM, Chavdar Ivanov wrote:
On Tue, 20 Jul 2021 at 00:23, Michael Huff <> wrote:

I'm building MATE from pkgsrc 2021Q2 in a VirtualBox machine (amd64) and
so far so good. However, I realize that I'm probably missing a lot of
steps and I'm not having great luck finding out what all I need to
build, enable or add to rc.conf. Dbus is an obvious one, but after that
I have no idea.
Besides dbus, I have also hal and avahidaemon

I couldn't find hal before, but it's right there in sysutils/hal -not sure about avahidaemon -is that net/avahi?

( sshd mdnsd httpd wscons rpcbind mountd nfs_client nfs_server lockd statd
ntpdate dbus mpd hal avahidaemon autofs cupsd cups_browsed) all have
=YES in my rc.conf. Obviously most of them are not related to mate.

TY! It's a good list to work from; I'll just add things one at a time until everything acts reasonable. :)

Can anyone fill me in on what configuration steps I need to take after
building and installing meta-pkgs/mate?
I don't recall anything special building it. Under VirtualBox, I start
it with .xinitrc:

export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/tmp/runtime-${LOGNAME}
test -d $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR ||
         install -d -m 700 -o $(id -u) -g $(id -g) $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR

if [ -x /usr/pkg/bin/dbus-launch -a -z "${DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS}" ];
then    eval $(dbus-launch --sh-syntax --exit-with-session)
/usr/local/bin/additions/VBoxClient --clipboard
/usr/X11R7/bin/xrandr --output VGA-0 --mode 1920x1080
export XCURSOR_PATH=/usr/pkg/share/icons
exec mate-session

(I keep my locally built copy of the VirtualBox client utilities in
/usr/local/bin/additions; I rebuild the additions with every new
VirtualBox version release and with every new -current version - I
only run -current).

Sorry I wasn't clear -but you answered what I meant. I meant what packages to look for and what to add to /etc/rc.conf mostly.

Additionally, I'm not able to find a mixer app or applet to adjust the
sound volume from the desktop (or even cli) -it looks like one's not
included? What should I build and install ?
I can add the Volume Control Applet to the toolbar, it works for me.
In the past audio playback frm NetBSD VirtualBox guest used to be
choppy, but now it seems to work very well (the host is Windows 11 +
the latest VirtualBox development build).

I see at the moment that marco is crashing though, so I had to start
openbox in order to have any window manager running... I'll have to
investigate this, but I am getting:
kvm_open: /dev/kmem: Permission denied
LibGTop-Server: kvm_open: Permission denied
glibtop: read 8 byte: No such file or directory

and marco exits.

I recall sound working in NetBSD 7 or so. I'm not sure if the problem I'm having is a misconfiguration on my part, changes in VirtualBox, changes in NetBSD or all of the above.


I rarely run mate; I found meta-pkgs/lxqt to be quite well-behaved and
is what I normally run these days. I also have gnome40 (does not run
under VirtualBox at all, but I can run it on bare metal on my laptop
with Intel graphics acceleration), kde4+kf5 (also works well).


I remember playing with lxqt on Linux a few years back before settling on mate -this may sound weird, but I think for an alternate I'll go for a WM (instead of a desktop); specifically icewm or the latest fvwm.


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