Bryan C. Everly bryan at
Mon Jul 3 06:48:22 PDT 2017

Hi everyone,

I appreciate the help and patience of folks here as I ask a seemingly
long list of n00b questions!  Sorry if I'm being annoying in my
enthusiasm to get things configured where I'd like them.  Anyhow...

I tried to get Gnome3 up and running and it appeared to me to be
behaving badly.  I added the:


used pkg install to install xorg and gnome3 (turned out I had to
install openssl first in order to get things working - perhaps the
gnome port is linked against this and the rest of the OS is linked
against the far superior and wonderful... sorry, my OpenBSD propaganda
kicked in... libressl?)

Anyhow, the behavior I saw was a black screen instead of gdm running,
so I figured, let's rock it old school and start gnome shell from my
.xinitrc (exec gnome-shell) by running startx from my regular user
account.  What I saw then was the standard "oh no, something went
wrong" screen that I typically associate with trying to run gnome3 on
a system without X acceleration (this is why I have to run xfce4 on my
Thinkpad X1 Carbon Skylake on OpenBSD - we don't have drm support for
that chipset... yet).

To that end, I double-checked /var/log/Xorg.log.0 and from my naive
eyes, it sure looks like I'm running with the right driver (snippet

[    31.303]    ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 20.0
[    31.303] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Chipsets:
        i810, i810-dc100, i810e, i815, i830M, 845G, 854, 852GM/855GM, 865G,
        915G, E7221 (i915), 915GM, 945G, 945GM, 945GME, Pineview GM,
        Pineview G, 965G, G35, 965Q, 946GZ, 965GM, 965GME/GLE, G33, Q35, Q33,
        GM45, 4 Series, G45/G43, Q45/Q43, G41, B43
[    31.303] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) HD Graphics
[    31.303] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) Iris(TM) Graphics
[    31.303] (II) intel: Driver for Intel(R) Iris(TM) Pro Graphics
[    31.303] (--) Using syscons driver with X support (version 2.0)
[    31.303] (--) using VT number 2

[    35.319] (II) intel(0): Using Kernel Mode Setting driver: i915, version 1.6.
0 20160229
[    35.319] (WW) VGA arbiter: cannot open kernel arbiter, no multi-card support
[    35.319] (--) intel(0): Integrated Graphics Chipset: Intel(R) HD Graphics 40
[    35.319] (--) intel(0): CPU: x86-64, sse2, sse3, ssse3, sse4.1, sse4.2, avx;
 using a maximum of 2 threads
[    35.319] (==) intel(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32

Anyhow, I know that Gnome3 is a pain in the a$$ on BSDs because of all
of the nasty systemd stuff that is creeping in and my ability to use
it is probably not long for this world (which is why I'm trying to
move to Lumina as I can) but if anyone is successfully running a
Gnome3 desktop environment with GDM on DragonFlyBSD I'd love to
understand the secret FU you did just so I can hang on for a few more

I ended up punting and going old school with xdm and xfce4 in the
meanwhile until I can get Lumina tweaked the way I like it FWIW.

Thanks in advance for the help and sorry to be so darned long-winded.


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