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I have a minimal installation of Ubuntu 16.04 on a machine. I want to add the XFCE4 desktop environment, without all the craptastic bloat that comes standard with xubuntu-desktop. When I boot, I would like to be greeted by a graphical login screen. Thus far I have tried (and failed spectacularly!) with:

  • Installing xfce4 package and setting default runlevel to graphical.target. Result - reboots to terminal
  • Installing xfce4-session and setting default runlevel to graphical.target. Result - reboots to graphical login, but always gives a "Failed to start session" error when attempting to login.
  • Installed xfce4, xfce4-session, and lightdm while setting default runlevel to graphical.target. Result - reboots to terminal.

At this point I'm getting a little irritated, I want this to be an automagical thing, not one where I or my user has to type startxfce4 command every time we turn the computer on.

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