The meta/gnome port

gnome-46 – GNOME desktop meta-package (core installation) (cvsweb github mirror)


The GNOME desktop, core installation based on a subset of:
- https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-build-meta/blob/master/elements/core.bst
- https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-build-meta/blob/master/elements/core-deps.bst
WWW: https://www.gnome.org/


| Running ${PKGSTEM} on OpenBSD

(see "Cheat sheet" at the end of this file for a quick setup)

The GNOME desktop is composed of 2 meta-packages:
    * gnome, for a standard GNOME installation
    * gnome-extras, for a full GNOME installation

The "gnome" package is focused on generic usage to give the user the
choice to install his favorite applications for daily usage (i.e. PIM,
WWW browser, office and development applications have been left out on

Starting GNOME

Before running gnome-session(1), a system-wide D-Bus daemon needs to be
running ("messagebus" must be added to "pkg_scripts" in rc.conf.local(8)).

Session management requires the use of GDM as login manager, otherwise
some key features like screen locking, session tracking... will not work
properly. To do so, "gdm" must be added at the end of "pkg_scripts" in
rc.conf.local(8) (and "xenodm_flags" commented or removed).

Default language and character set for GNOME by the GDM greeter are set in:
Note that the variables set in this file will be inherited by the user session.
They can be unset/overriden in the user's .profile file or by using

Alternative (non-GDM) GNOME startup
To start GNOME without GDM, the following line needs to be added:
    exec ${LOCALBASE}/bin/ck-launch-session ${TRUEPREFIX}/bin/gnome-session
to ~/.xinitrc when using startx(1) (console login)
to ~/.xsession when using xenodm(1) (or similar login)

mDNS/DNS-SD support
The avahi-daemon(8) daemon provides Zeroconf support (aka. Bonjour /
Rendezvous) in GNOME. Several applications can optionally benefit from
it (e.g. the "Network" shortcut in nautilus(1)) while some others
will not work at all without it (e.g. seahorse-sharing(1)).

To make use of it, rc.conf.local(8) needs to contain the following line:
and "avahi_daemon" must be added to "pkg_scripts" _after_ "messagebus".

LibreOffice integration
The gnome-documents manager does not support Office type documents by default
(e.g. docx, .odt, .ods) but relies on unoconv to display them. If such support
is needed, `doas pkg_add unoconv` will take care of it.

Cheat sheet
# rcctl disable xenodm
# rcctl enable multicast messagebus avahi_daemon gdm
# reboot


Antoine Jacoutot


gnome-46 gnome-extras-46



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