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I've installed FreeBSD 9.1 in a VirtualBox VM, and did some basic setup.

After that, I had installed Gnome2 via sudo pkg_add -r gnome2.

Along the way, there were some errors. Mostly it was (I think) the package manager complaining about dependencies. They were piling up faster then they were getting resolved (sometimes a package that was reported as a broken dependency would get installed), and when there was around a dozen of them, the installation had stopped without any errors.

I had simply executed the command again, waited for 20 more minutes, and then got greeted with an "installation successful" message.

I restarted the system only to end up with GDM not starting and a regular text prompt ready.

In trying to solve this I had:

  1. added gnome_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf (Why wasn't it there by default?)
  2. added proc /proc procfs rw 0 0 to /etc/fstab (I'm not even sure how this is related, but it was supposed to help... I suppose Gnome2 checks fstab for something.)

But I still have no luck, and GDM still doesn't show itself.

However, RC (rc.conf, or whatever is executing it) does report that it is starting GDM:

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When I tried to execute /usr/local/etc/rc.d/gdm start, it displayed this error message and supposedly failed:

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What should I do to start a Gnome2 graphical session in FreeBSD? How can I check whether I have everything I need installed and configured correctly?

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I have fixed the issue.

Immediately after typing out that question, I thought it might be an X problem - and it seems that it was.

The problem was that xorg apparently hadn't been installed.

I ran sudo pkg_add -r xorg, and now each time I boot, Gnome2 is started and everything seems to work.

However, I still don't understand why "working" isn't the default behavior!

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