install xfce4 on debian

Jeremy Turner jeremy at
Wed Jan 14 01:45:56 CET 2004

On Tue, 2004-01-13 at 14:55, Flávio wrote:
> I use a Debian instalation.

Which version of Debian?  Stable, Testing, or Unstable?

> I tried to update my xfce to xfce4 but failed.
> apt-get doesn't install the dependecies... It says that they need to be
> installed but they are not going to.
> When I try to install the dependencies by hand it says I already have the
> latest version...
> I've also tryed to used synaptic... but the problem remains... It doesn't
> install...

Here's a list of xfce4 packages in Debian unstable (that's what I'm
running.  I apologize for the long lines.

$ dpkg -l xfce*
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                          Version                       Description
ii  xfce4              Installs XFce4 core and scripts to set it up
ii  xfce4-artwork            0.0.4-2          Additional artwork for the XFce4 Desktop Environment
ii  xfce4-battery-plugin     0.2.0-3          Battery monitor plugin for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-clipman-plugin     0.11-3           Clipboard history plugin for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-datetime-plugin    0.2-2            Date and time plugin for the XFce4 panel
un  xfce4-dev                <none>           (no description available)
ii  xfce4-diskperf-plugin    1.3-2            Disk performance display plugin for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-goodies            4.0-2            Enhancements for the XFce4 Desktop Environment
ii  xfce4-iconbox            4.0.2-1          Iconbox for the Xfce4 Desktop Environment
ii  xfce4-mcs-manager        4.0.2-1          Settings manager for Xfce4
ii  xfce4-mcs-manager-dev    4.0.2-1          Development files and static plugins
ii  xfce4-mcs-plugins        4.0.2-1          Special modules for the xfce4-mcs-manager
ii  xfce4-minicmd-plugin     0.2.0-3          Mini-command line plugin for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-mixer              4.0.2-1          XFce4 Mixer frontend
ii  xfce4-netload-plugin     0.2.2-3          Network load monitor plugin for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-notes-plugin       0.9.7-3          Sticky notes plugin for the XFce4 desktop
ii  xfce4-panel              4.0.2-2          The Xfce4 desktop environment panel
ii  xfce4-panel-dev          4.0.2-2          The Xfce4 panel development files
ii  xfce4-session            0.1.3+20031213-1 XFce4 Session Manager
ii  xfce4-showdesktop-plugin 0.2.0-3          A show desktop button for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-systemload-plugin  0.3.3-3          System load monitor plugin for the XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-systray            4.0.2-1          Systray panel plugin for XFce4 panel
ii  xfce4-themes       Theme files for Xfce4
ii  xfce4-toys               4.0.2-1          Eyes plugin for XFce4 panel and xfce4-tips
ii  xfce4-trigger-launcher   4.0.2-1          Panel plugin to start/stop programs
ii  xfce4-utils              4.0.2-1          Various tools for XFce

In addition, there is xffm4, xfwm4, xfwm4-themes, and xfprint4 that you
might want to install.

> I've run out of ideas... can you help?
> is there any link that I should put on sources.list that I don't know of?

I use the standard Debian mirrors.

> One more thing... How do I change de default X Terminal?
> I want to use Eterm (I already have it working) but I don't know witch
> file to edit...

Someone mentioned using the TERMCMD environment variable in your .bashrc
file to change terminals, but I haven't tried it.


Jeremy Turner <jeremy at>
The LinuxWebGuy
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