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-8.3 platform.

Package Information

Exo Dependencies


GTK+-3.22.30, libxfce4ui-4.12.1, libxfce4util-4.12.1 and URI-1.74



User Notes: http://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-csource, exo-desktop-item-edit, exo-open and exo-preferred-applications
Installed Libraries: libexo-1.so and libexo-2.so
Installed Directories: /etc/xdg/xfce4, /usr/{include,lib/xfce4}/exo-1, /usr/include/exo-2, and /usr/share/{{gtk-doc/html,pixmaps}/exo-1,xfce4}

Short Descriptions


is a small utility that generates C code containing arbitrary data, useful for compiling texts or other data directly into programs.


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.


is a command line utility to edit the preferred application that is used to handle a particular type of file or URI.


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).

Last updated on 2018-08-22 16:17:20 -0700