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-8.3 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-1.3.0


Recommended Runtime Dependencies

Optional Runtime Dependencies

A notification daemon such as notification-daemon-3.20.0 or xfce4-notifyd-0.4.2, and a display manager such as lxdm-0.5.3 or lightdm-1.24.0

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-1.4.0, or from runlevel 5, using a Display Manager, such as lxdm-0.5.3.

To start LXDE using xinit-1.4.0, run the following commands:

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

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 2018-08-29 19:35:01 -0700