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Re: Installing/launching MATE in a command line environment

On 06/28/2020 10:15 AM, David Wright wrote:
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.

Just tried that. Now the boot process does NOT complete.
It may have collided with other things I have tried.
I'll redo all from scratch to to eliminate that possibility.
This time I'll create a log file.
I'm not sure If I'll get back to it until tomorrow.

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