Has anyone removed XFCE4 from OpenBox install? Did I break it?

Alright, I’ll try and be as specific as possible. I think I broke OpenBox by removing xfce4. Has anyone experienced this and would the easiest remedy be to go through the install process again or would you kind people be able to point me towards a resource such as a specific guide in the community? Any data I care about is safe/backed up. Goal here is to keep OpenBox install as light as possible.

  • OpenBox is only installed window manager
  • Xfce was removed with sudo pacman -Rs. Afterward I went through and attempted to remove anything leftover xfce4 related without killing other dependencies.
  • Only inconveniences I’ve noticed are cosmetic. New terminal install replacing xterm (maybe…), installing darker theme, and similar.

original guide used to remove xfce4

[[SOLVED] Arch Linux: How do I remove all XFCE4.8 and GNOME3 packages? Only want KDE](https://linuxquestions.org forum thread for xfce4 removal.)

Just be carefull there, some XFCE dependencies are required by OpenBox if I do remember well @ark_scout .

Edit; I don t remember the exact dependencies real quick.

Welcome to the forums @ark_scout :wave:

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I think you’re right. I think OpenBox might rely on one of the big 4 to function the way I need it to.

http://openbox.org/wiki/Help:Contents#Openbox_in_XFCE

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I would try to reinstall OpenBox & see what it does, hopefully it will be ok afterward @ark_scout .

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Also, Artchlabs might have some OpenBox scripts, but I can t guarantee that, never had any with OB issues so to speak.

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I installed OpenBox from scratch which brought in some Xfce as I wanted Thunar and xfce-terminal. Used Networkmanager from Gnome and so. You can loose Networkmanager and just use the terminal if you wish. With OpenBox, you make it what you want it to be.

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@sammiev yep. Thanks. Linking some documentation that helps below.

http://openbox.org/wiki/Help:Contents#openbox-session

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Glad that you got it to work back @ark_scout .

Props to @sammiev

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I did many OB installs over the years then got away from it until lately.
ArchLabs makes it so easy, also did a install from the ArchWiki for OB which was interesting.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/openbox

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LOL, don’t bother. AL has the best OOB Openbox implementation in Arch, simple & beautiful.

If you are currently running XFCE and wanna switch to Openbox solely. You can safely remove xfce4 & xfce4-goodies from the system, and manually install xfce4-power-manager, thunar, maybe xfce4-terminal.

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Yes indeed:

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my stock openbox did not come with polybar as its panel. it has tint2 by default. what cha did with this. i believe this was the original looks/panel before offline installer method was abolished.