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update-alternatives - was [Re: Installing/launching MATE in a command line environment]

On 06/28/2020 09:36 AM, echo test wrote:

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.

That manpage was intriguing, if not educational. I went searching for "update-alternatives tutorials". They all referenced Ubuntu and each covered only one instance.

I'm looking for something that aims to answer "What can update-alternatives do for me today?". IOW the manpage gives fine details but no sense of perspective.


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