AW: Desktop problems

Dr. Martin Ivanov martin.ivanov at
Sun Nov 11 10:55:29 PST 2018

Hello Aaron,
sorry for posting again. I had not restarted the computer after fixing the library issue. After restarting the machine,
there is no lag any more at logging out and the mate desktop seems to work well. The machine is considerably more responsive.
The only issue that remains is that annoying error message at starting lxde.

Thank you very much for your reply, your suggestion was not only helpful, but really worked!

Best regards,

Von: Aaron LI [aly at]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 11. November 2018 17:02
An: Dr. Martin Ivanov
Cc: users at
Betreff: Re: Desktop problems

On Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:31:22 +0000
"Dr. Martin Ivanov" <martin.ivanov at> wrote:

> Hello, I am running DragonFly BSD 5.2.2 on my 10-year-old laptop TOSHIBA
> TECRA S11-11H. Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA®
> Quadro® NVS 2100M mit CUDA™ Technology, Monitor resolution:  1600 x 900 ,
> 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless Technology Version : Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N
> 6200. After installation the VESA driver was started, which could not
> provide the native 1600 x 900 display resolution I need. Installing
> xf86-video-nv-2.1.21_1 solved this problem.

Hi Martin,

Thanks for trying with dfly :)

DFly doesn't have any (KMS) Nivida GPU support, and your laptop seems really
old (i.e., without UEFI), so I don't think the xf86-video-scfb work for you.

If you can disable the Nvidia GPU (in BIOS) and use the integrated Intel GPU,
it would be the best for dfly.

> I tried most of the available desktop environments for dragonfly:
> windowmaker, lumina, mate, lxde, xfce, kde. All desktops except for
> windowmaker and lumina are practically unusable, because the logout time is
> about 4 minutes. This is the time between clicking on logout and the actual
> logout. Furhtermore, on kde the opening of the start menu itself takes
> about 2 minutes. The biggest problems occurred with the mate desktop, where
> the logout time is more than 15 minutes, I never waited to see if it is
> even finite. The mate-terminal fails to start. Trying to start most
> applications from the command line in mate fails (e.g. vim, gvim, kate,
> kwrite, thunderbird). The only text editor that opens there is mousepad.
> Kate and kwrite print the following message: "QDBusConnection: session
> D-Bus connection created before QCoreApplication. Application may
> misbehave." and never start. Vim and gvim never start, the console window
> hangs and I can do nothing but close it. I am typing this from lumina,
> which works pretty OK, all the applications so far start and seem to behave
> well.

There are quite some users and devs running dfly as a desktop, and XFCE and
MATE (I'm not sure about other DEs) should work well.

There is a known library problem with polkit
(/usr/local/lib/polkit-1/polkitd), which causes problem for dbus, but I don't
know whether this problem is related to your issues.

To workaround the library problem:
# cd /usr/local/lib
# ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/local/lib/


More information about the Users mailing list