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Re: Installing/launching MATE in a command line environment

On 06/28/2020 08:39 AM, Patrick Bartek wrote:
On Sun, 28 Jun 2020 08:21:29 -0500
Richard Owlett <rowlett@cloud85.net> wrote:

The default install of the MATE desktop installs too much I don't want.
Unfortunately the Debian installer does not allow coerces the
installation of "recommended" packages.

Therefore I did an install without *ANY* desktop environment.
[Used DVD1 of Debian 8.6, latest for which I had a physical DVD]

I then did
apt-get --no-install-recommends install mate-desktop-environment gparted

On reboot the desktop did not appear.

What is the forgotten command to automatically launch the desktop at boot?


Did you install the X server and its depends?

No, I had assumed that was a depends. OOOPS ;/

Did you manually run startx?

No ;}

I assume you boot to a terminal and log-in there.

That's what happens. I had expected booting would yield the MATE desktop.

I did
apt-get --no-install-recommends install xorg

That yielded a MATE desktop with a minimalist's dream menu <grin>

It does not yet boot to the MATE desktop automatically.
I've not yet investigated xorg's recommends.
I am reading https://wiki.debian.org/Xorg .
[Think I've found a typo, but need to follow the internal links to be sure.]

*Thank you*

This septuagenarian does some things the hard way to gain education ;}


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