Installing/launching MATE in a command line environment
If you want the desktop environment to be started automatically check that systemd is configured to run in graphical environment
$> systemctl set-default graphical.target
If this is already setup, and you can launch your DE with startx, check also that mate is the default DE with update-alternatives(8) or you can add the startx command in /etc/profile.
Hope this helps.
On 06/28/2020 08:39 AM, Patrick Bartek wrote:
> On Sun, 28 Jun 2020 08:21:29 -0500
> Richard Owlett <email@example.com> 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?
> I assume you boot to a terminal and log-in there.
That's what happens. I had expected booting would yield the MATE desktop.
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.]
This septuagenarian does some things the hard way to gain education ;}