Introduction to LXDE Common

The LXDE Common package provides a set of default configuration for LXDE.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.0 platform.

Package Information

LXDE Common Dependencies


lxde-icon-theme-0.5.1, LXPanel-0.9.3, LXSession-0.5.3, openbox-3.6.1 (runtime), and PCManFM-1.2.5


Recommended Runtime Dependencies

Optional Runtime Dependencies

A notification daemon such as notification-daemon-3.20.0 or xfce4-notifyd-0.2.4, and a display manager such as lxdm-0.5.3 or sddm-0.14.0

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/lxde-common

Installation of LXDE Common

Install LXDE Common by running the following commands:

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

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you have installed recommended dependencies, run the following commands as the root user:

update-mime-database /usr/share/mime &&
gtk-update-icon-cache -qf /usr/share/icons/hicolor &&
update-desktop-database -q

Starting LXDE

You can start LXDE from runlevel 3, using xinit-1.3.4, or from runlevel 5, using a Display Manager, such as lxdm-0.5.3.

To start LXDE using xinit-1.3.4, run the following commands:

cat > ~/.xinitrc << "EOF"
# No need to run dbus-launch, since it is run by startlxde
ck-launch-session startlxde


The X session starts on the first unused virtual terminal, normally vt7. You can switch to another vtn simultaneously pressing the keys Ctrl-Alt-Fn (n=1, 2, ...). To switch back to the X session, normally started at vt7, use Ctrl-Alt-F7. The vt where the command startx was executed will display many messages, including X starting messages, applications automatically started with the session, and eventually, some warning and error messages. You may prefer to redirect those messages to a log file, which not only will keep the initial vt uncluttered, but can also be used for debug purposes. This can be done starting X with:

startx &> ~/.x-session-errors


You may wish to drop consolekit, just using startlxde in ~/.xinitrc. However some capabilities such as mounting or umounting file systems from a file manager will not be available, or the reboot option will be absent or inoperative, among other problems.

When shutting down or rebooting, the shutdown messages appear on the vt where X was running. If you wish to see those messages, simultaneously press keys Alt-F7 (assuming that X was running on vt7).


Installed Programs: lxde-logout, openbox-lxde and startlxde
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/xdg/{lxpanel,lxsession,openbox,pcmanfm}/LXDE and /usr/share/lxde

Short Descriptions


is used to quit the desktop session for LXDE.


is a wrapper script which runs Openbox with LXDE specific config file.


is used to start the desktop session for LXDE.

Last updated on 2017-02-22 10:02:00 -0800