Introduction to Exo

Exo is a support library used in the Xfce desktop. It also has some helper applications that are used throughout Xfce.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Exo Dependencies


GTK+-3.24.30, libxfce4ui-4.16.0, and libxfce4util-4.16.0



User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/exo

Installation of Exo

Install Exo by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: exo-desktop-item-edit and exo-open
Installed Libraries: libexo-2.so
Installed Directories: /usr/include/exo-2 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/exo-2

Short Descriptions


is a command line utility to create or edit icons on the desktop


is a command line frontend to the Xfce Preferred Applications framework. It can either be used to open a list of urls with the default URL handler or launch the preferred application for a certain category


contains additional widgets, a framework for editable toolbars, light-weight session management support and functions to automatically synchronise object properties (based on GObject Binding Properties)

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