Remove XFCE

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Before removing a Desktop Environment like XFCE, you have to keep a few things in mind;

  • Removing too much might leave your system unusable.
  • Be sure to have an alternative DM installed. (gdm or lxdm or lightdm)

That said, unless you are running out of hard drive space or have limited bandwidth for updates,

there is no real harm in having XFCE installed. If you don't use it, it won't hinder performance.


For this to work, the best way of doing this is to first install a alternative Desktop Environment.

In this tutorial XFCE will be replaced with Mate.

  1. open a console/terminal and become root. (of course you can also do this with Rigo
  2. install your alternative Desktop Environment:
#   equo install mate --ask

for Rigo: enter:mate in the searchbox, select the metapackage, and click install,

or install directly using a shortcut in the searchbox: do:install mate.

  1. With removing XFCE, LXDM stays untouched, so we don't have to install a alternative LoginManager.
  2. When done, logoff, and logon again into the fresh installed Environment. (NOT XFCE)

Removing XFCE

So now we're logged in with Mate.

  1. open your favourite terminal, and become root.
  2. enter following in the terminal:
equo remove libxfce4util xfconf --ask
  1. check the package list before proceeding.
In contrary with removing KDE, DON'T use the "--deep" flag here.

With the "--deep" flag enabled, it removes also some system files, which deptest and libtest don't recover,

so chances are that after a reboot the system is unusable.

<The packages "mate-base/mate" and "virtual/notification-daemon" are going to be removed as well !!!

Before you reboot, you MUST first reinstall those packages., please see Final steps.>

final steps

When done, a few final steps, enter equo conf update to check if configuration files needs to be updated, manually.

perform a equo deptest and equo libtest.

and eventually you could remove the packages "gtk-engines-xfce" and "xfce4-taskmanager"

equo remove gtk-engines-xfce xfce4-taskmanager