Common files for LXQt
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This repository comprises a number of supportive files used by various LXQt components.

Among other these are graphics files, themes, desktop entry files according to the XDG Desktop Menu Specification, template configuration files of various components like PCManFM-Qt or window manager Openbox as well as script startlxqt used to initialize LXQt sessions.

The LXQt logo was designed by @Caig and is licensed CC-BY-SA 3.0. LXQt theme "Plasma" is based on KDE Plasma Next theme by the KDE Visual Team.


Compiling source code

Runtime dependencies are hicolor-icon-theme, bash and binary xmessage.
Additional build dependencies are CMake and liblxqt, optionally Git to pull latest VCS checkouts. The localization files were outsourced to repository lxqt-l10n so the corresponding dependencies are needed, too. Please refer to this repository's for further information.

Code configuration is handled by CMake. CMake variable CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX has to be set to /usr on most operating systems.

To build run make, to install make install which accepts variable DESTDIR as usual.

Binary packages

The library is provided by all major Linux distributions like Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE. Just use your package manager to search for string lxqt-common.


LXQt specific configuration of window manager Openbox

Window manager Openbox is by default storing user settings in file $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/rc.xml, normally /home/<user>/.config/openbox/rc.xml. When Openbox is used as window manager of LXQt a file $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml is used instead. This allows for storing LXQt-specific settings while at the same time using different settings when Openbox is e. g. used in stand-alone window manager "only" sessions without any deskop environment. LXDE is using a custom configuration file $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/lxde-rc.xml the very same way.
In order to keep backwards compatibility those configuration files are handled by LXQt as follows:

  • lxqt-common ships a template file $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml, normally /etc/xdg/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml.
  • At the beginning of each LXQt session script startlxqt checks whether any of the files rc.xml, lxde-rc.xml or lxqt-rc.xml preexists in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/.
  • If neither of these files preexists $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml is copied to $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml. If either rc.xml or lxde-rc.xml preexists in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/ it is copied to $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml as well.
    Both times users are informed by binary xmessage.
  • Either way this will result in file $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/openbox/lxqt-rc.xml being available which is from then on used within LXQt sessions.