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Re: Installing/launching MATE in a command line environment

On Sun 28 Jun 2020 at 08:21:29 (-0500), Richard Owlett 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?

You appear to want to install MATE manually without Recommends, rather
than within the d-i and with Recommends. In that case, you should
install task-mate-desktop, not just mate-desktop-environment:

    Package: task-mate-desktop
    Depends: tasksel (= 3.53), task-desktop, mate-desktop-environment, lightdm
    Recommends: gimp, synaptic, libreoffice, libreoffice-help-en-us, mythes-en-us, hunspell-en-us, hyphen-en-us, network-manager-gnome, orca, libreoffice-gtk3
    Description: MATE
      This task package is used to install the Debian desktop, featuring
      the MATE desktop environment, and with other packages that Debian users
      expect to have available on the desktop.


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