[Arm-dev] Attempt to install Xfce by hand

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Thu Oct 18 17:36:35 UTC 2018

Some progress

On 10/17/18 8:30 PM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> Johnny,
> I have this new keyboard with a poorly positioned Del key, and I 
> deleted your message in such a way that it seems to be gone.  So I 
> went to the archive and pulled it up there.
> yum group install Xfce "X Window System"
> Helped.  It added 6 packages plus 21 dependencies:
> Installing for group install "X Window System":
>  plymouth-system-theme    armv7hl 0.8.9-0.31.20140113.el7.centos 
> base     31 k
>  spice-vdagent            armv7hl 0.14.0-15.el7 base     66 k
>  xorg-x11-drivers         armv7hl 7.7-6.el7 base    8.3 k
>  xorg-x11-server-Xorg     armv7hl 1.19.5-5.el7 base    1.2 M
>  xorg-x11-utils           armv7hl 7.5-22.el7 base    107 k
>  xvattr                   armv7hl 1.3-27.el7 base     22 k
> But I am now at the situation where the login fails and I end up right 
> back at the login page.  I looked at the message log and see the 
> following:


I have had some help in private exchanges and have done the following:

yum install avahi gnome-backgrounds
systemctl enable avahi-daemon
systemctl start avahi-daemon

this took care of a number of errors, but why gnome-backgrounds for Xfce 
to deal with the message:

Oct 17 20:17:39 ct-c7 journal: Failed to load background 
'file:///usr/share/backgrounds/gnome/adwaita-lock.jpg': Error opening 
file /usr/share/backgrounds/gnome/adwaita-lock.jpg: No such file or 

But still a couple of unresolved errors that are stopping the login:

=============private exchange=====================

> Oct 18 10:45:34 ct-c7 journal: Some code accessed the property 'AuthList' on
> the module 'authList'. That property was defined with 'let' or 'const' inside
> the module. This was previously supported, but is not correct according to the
> ES6 standard. Any symbols to be exported from a module must be defined with
> 'var'. The property access will work as previously for the time being, but
> please fix your code anyway.

gnome-shell --- a nasty piece of work, and one the Gnome Mafia
want to cram down our throats

Fedora next ship was blocked by this for a while ....
definitely file a bug and carp publicly

=============end private exchange=====================

So to publicly carp...

I even tried installing gnome-shell:

# yum install gnome-shell
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
  * base: mirror.siena.edu
  * centos-kernel: mirror.siena.edu
  * extras: mirror.siena.edu
  * updates: mirror.siena.edu
Package gnome-shell-3.26.2-5.el7.armv7hl already installed and latest version
Nothing to do

So what does it want?  This is a bug...

And along with the above message is:

Oct 18 10:45:36 ct-c7 org.gnome.Shell.desktop: Window manager warning: "XF86RFKill" is not a valid accelerator

This is also a bug to file with a need for that the accelerator not be called when the modules is absent, as on arm?

So I think I am getting closer to running Xfce, but stumbling along the way.

All help on the above greatly appreciated.

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