Xfce 4.4

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at ums.usu.ru
Mon Apr 2 01:01:57 PDT 2007

Scott Czepiel wrote:
> I highly recommend Xfce 4.4 to anyone looking for a fast, 
> asethetically-pleasing, and bloat-free alternative to Gnome and Kde.  
> 4.4 has many new features over version 4.2 which is currently featured 
> in the BLFS book, and it is well worth upgrading.  If you already enjoy 
> 4.2, you will love 4.4.
> I had a trouble-free installation loosely following the existing 
> directions in the book, and adapting them according to Wilco's excellent 
> suggestions here:
> http://linuxfromscratch.org/pipermail/blfs-support/2007-March/062206.html
> Three things I had to do that weren't readily obvious in the documentation:
> 1) vte 0.12.2 complained loudly (aka. make error) about not having 
> python until explicitly passing --disable-python to configure.
> 2) vte also complained about not being able to find a freetype header 
> file.  The code was looking in /usr/include/freetype, but my freetype 
> installation has put its header files into 
> /usr/include/freetype2/freetype.  I assume other applications will run 
> into the same expectation so my solution was to simply make a symlink 
> that everybody will be happy with:
> cd /usr/include &&
> ln -sv freetype2/freetype freetype
> 3) D-BUS.  If you haven't done this already, you need to do the 
> following so that dbus will run correctly.  I found this out after 
> suffering repainting issues that made the desktop unusable.  Running 
> this fixed the problems:
> dbus-uuidgen --ensure
> Read 'man dbus-uuidgen' for details. 

Thanks for your findings. Unfortunately, I was very busy with my scientific 
work until today in order to update xfce in the book. Maybe I will do the 
update on this week.

Alexander E. Patrakov

More information about the blfs-support mailing list