XFCE desktop on XQuartz ?

henry ml_mp_6433 at imap.cc
Tue Apr 16 18:28:50 UTC 2019


Thank you for the very fast support.

I followed Chris Jones advice and created the .xinitrc.d directory.

Still no result (forever loop of XQuartz).
After some investigation, I found out that I had an invalid $PATH (did not contain /opt/local/bin) and no .bashrc file (or .bash_profile) at all.

So I added the "export PATH=... ..." in the 99-vm.sh file, and immediately xfce started !

I will perform some research on Google to confirm if I need (or not) a .bashrc and what it should contain. 
For now, the simple export of PATH worked !

I am attaching a screenshot [*] of my desktop ... Guess if it's a standard linux desktop or it's a Mojave XQuartz application !!!

[*] I don't know if the mailing list blocks the images.

Thanks again, Regards.

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019, at 15:03, Chris Jones wrote:
> Hi,
> I have not run a full WM myself, but a number of ports have notes giving 
> so guidelines on how. e.g.
> Titan ~ > port notes fvwm2
> fvwm2 has the following notes:
>    If this is your first install of an alternative WM, these steps
>    may be helpful:
>        $ mkdir ~/.xinitrc.d
>        $ cat >~/.xinitrc.d/99-wm.sh
>        #!/bin/sh
>        exec fvwm
>        ^D
>        $ chmod +x .xinitrc.d/99-wm.sh
>        $ open /Applications/Utilities/XQuartz.app
> you can probably adapt the above for other WMs.
> looking at the above, it also seems they implicitly assumed you have 
> configured your X11 server to open in full-screen mode (which you can do 
> from the Preferences for it).
> good luck
> Chris
> On 16/04/2019 10:55 am, henry wrote:
> > 
> > Hi
> > 
> > 
> > I switched from a Linux-PC to a MacOS Mojave laptop.
> > So now I wish to switch from my old Linux Desktop to a brand-new full-screen desktop running on  MacOSX/XQuartz.
> > The reason is that I need a REAL unix-like desktop when I am at work (I am an engineer, I work on remote machines via ssh + Xterminal + remote programs written in Motif/QT)
> > 
> > I successfully installed KDE 4 with Macports, but unfortunately you cannot use it in this way (I confirmed it with the maintainer): the KDE desktop, I mean the KDE Windows Manager, has not been ported to work in XQuartz: you can just open several standalone applications (KTerminal, Konqueror and so on) but only on the Mac Desktop: you can have Apple Mail and KMail in the same window -- I couldn't care less :(
> > 
> > So I installed XFCE with Macports. The installation finished successfully.
> > Do you have any idea if I can start a XFCE desktop on XQuartz ?
> > I added:
> > exec startxfce
> > to my .xinitrc, like I did on Linux, but XQuartz refuses to start ...
> > I am afraid it's incompatible, too ...
> > 
> > 
> > Is there anyone using XFCE as a "Linux/Unix-like full screen desktop" on Mojave ?
> > 
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Henry
> > 
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