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Old 5th May 2008
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Default HOWTO: Lightest XFCE - Making XFCE lighter and faster

XFCE is generally light out from the box but it can be a lot more light, to have most of its functionality we need only these 3 processes running:
Code:
 VSZ   RSS   COMMAND
14080  9300  xfwm4
23448 12020  xfce4-panel
19836  9512  xfce4-menu-plugin
mandatory ports: [thanks to lvlamb ]
/usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4-wm
/usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4-panel
/usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4-desktop
# to get xfce4-menu-plugin
/usr/ports/x11-fm/thunar # to have nice and light file manager
/usr/ports/graphics/feh # to have wallpaper and nice ultra light/fast image viewer.

to start XFCE with only these processes we will use this ~/.xinitrc:
Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon && killall -9 xfce-mcs-manager &
  random_wallpaper.sh ~/gfx/wallpapers &
}
wait $pid
my random_wallpaper.sh script:
Code:
#! /bin/sh

walls="${1}"
count=`ls ${walls} | wc -l`
random=`( time ps aux ; date +"%S" ; w ) 2>&1 | cksum | awk '{print substr($0, 0, 5)}'`
choosen=`expr ${random} % ${count} + 1`
feh --bg-scale ${walls}/`ls ${walls} | sed -n ${choosen}p`
In XFCE generally all settings like current theme icon theme and so are handled by xfce-mcs-manager but we kill it and use pure old ~/.gtkrc-2.0 for that:
Code:
gtk-icon-theme-name = "Tango-Blue-Materia"
gtk-theme-name      = "Luminance"
gtk-font-name       = "Sans 10"
here are links for that themes if You like them:
gtk-icon-theme-name: http://vermaden.go.pl/tmp/xfce-icons.tar.gz
gtk-theme-name: http://vermaden.go.pl/tmp/xfce-theme.tar.gz

icons dir: ~/.icons/Tango-Blue-Materia
theme dir: ~/.themes/Luminance

to end work with XFCE You can traditionally hit CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE or hit EXIT on XFCE panel.

the END RESULT looks like that:



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These links were dead loong before now, I just moved these HOWTOs to daemonforums.org but I fixed the link you pointed.
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thx alot! it will benefits the community
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thx alot! it will benefits the community
I have done some small change on ~/.xinitrc:
Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon 
}
wait $pid
This is my screenshot:
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I have done some small change on ~/.xinitrc
killall -9 xfce-mcs-manager &
I needed to kill xfce-mcs-manager process because it was useless if you use ~/.gtkrc-2.0 fot GTK2 configuration, mabye now it does not load by default.

random_wallpaper.sh ~/gfx/wallpapers &
Just sets some random wallpaper as the script name says.
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I fail to see how your "light" Xfce-desktop is any different than xfce-panel running
along any window manager. You would get the same screen shoot with
.xsession (I use XDM) which looks like

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feh --bg-scale /home/oko/mywallpaper.jpg & 
xfce4-panel &
exec openbox

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mandatory ports: [thanks to lvlamb ]
/usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4-wm
/usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4-panel
/usr/ports/x11-wm/xfce4-desktop
# to get xfce4-menu-plugin
/usr/ports/x11-fm/thunar # to have nice and light file manager
/usr/ports/graphics/feh # to have wallpaper and nice ultra light/fast image viewer
well...if i
Code:
pkg_add -r
xfce4-wm,xfce4-panel and xfce4-desktop got errors...
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@vato

I have just succesfully added these packages like that:
# pkg_add -r xfce4-wm xfce4-panel xfce4-desktop

What errors You got?
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by now got those 3 packages installed on system but can't start as u say:

where can i write/find this script? ==>
Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon 
}
wait $pid
i use to start gnomo with startx[echo "/usr/local/bin/gnome-session" > ~/.xinitrc]

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Does that light XFCE have any GPL in it? I think it would be great if there was a decent GUI desktop with all BSD-compatible licenses.
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Wikipedia's page on XFCE4 says:
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License GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License and BSD License
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What errors You got?
that can not start cause dunno where/how to put this script(whatever is):

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  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon 
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wait $pid
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that can not start cause dunno where/how to put this script(whatever is):

Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon 
}
wait $pid
Which part You do not understand?

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to start XFCE with only these processes we will use this ~/.xinitrc:
Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon && killall -9 xfce-mcs-manager &
  random_wallpaper.sh ~/gfx/wallpapers &
}
wait $pid
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Which part You do not understand?
do i have to put that on terminal? like root or user? do i need install xfce4?(in such case which is the bargain)
my way to start gnome:
Code:
$ echo "/usr/local/bin/gnome-session" > ~/.xinitrc
==> startx

kde:
Code:
$ echo "exec: /usr/localkde4/bin/startkde" > ~/.xinitrc
==> startx

xfce:
Code:
$ echo "/usr/local/bin/startxfce4" > ~/.xinitrc
==> startx
then got this error: /home/my_user/.xinitrc: /usr/localbin/startxfce4: not found


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do i need install xfce4?
Yes, in order to run XFCE4 you need to install it first. You can install it with pkg_add: # pkg_add -r xfce4
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ok! but don't get still this part:
Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon 
}
wait $pid
where/how the f_ _k to put it?

if i install xfce is cause i wanna a speed WM/DE...like vermaden show/start this post...in others words i wanna xfce only with that 3 process running...

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I have done some small change on ~/.xinitrc:
Code:
xfce4-panel & pid=$!
{
  xfwm4 --compositor=off --daemon 
}
wait $pid
How?
Open terminal (or in console):
Code:
ee /home/yourusername/.xinitrc
copy above lines
hit esc and hit enter

reboot and startx or simply
Code:
pkill Xorg
and startx


I would also install xfce4-goodies for all xfce4 goodies
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