Repository lxqt-session is providing tools to handle LXQt sessions.
First of all there's session manager
lxqt-session. The binary is launched right at the beginning of LXQt sessions and in turn responsible for launching and monitoring all other components constituting the sessions.
GUI "LXQt Session Settings" (binary
lxqt-config-session) is used to configure various settings affecting the session, e. g. which window manager to use or which applications to start automatically.
lxqt-leave deals with interrupting or terminating sessions. It comes with several options expressing the action they trigger, e. g.
Term "LXQt Modules" refers to a way to launch binaries at the beginning of LXQt sessions and to make sure these will be available all over the session.
Technically those binaries are basically launched according to the XDG Autostart Specification. But unlike binaries handled according to this specification only LXQt Modules are monitored all over the session and automatically relaunched should they exit unexpectedly.
Compiling source code
Runtime dependencies are xdg-user-dirs and liblxqt.
Additional build dependencies are CMake and 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
README.md 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.
Official binary packages are provided by all major Linux distributions like Arch Linux, Debian (as of Debian stretch), Fedora and openSUSE. Just use your package manager to search for string
Basically these are launched by desktop entry files according to the Autostart Specification. An additional key
X-LXQt-Module=true makes binary
lxqt-session recognize the binary in question as an LXQt Module and treat as such.
Corresponding configuration can be handled by "LXQt Session Settings", see below.
LXQt Session Settings
A GUI to tweak all kinds of settings affecting the session as a whole.
It can be launched from panel's main menu - Preferences - LXQt settings - Session Settings and is provided by "Configuration Center" (binary
lxqt-config) of lxqt-config as well.
Notes on some settings:
Window Manager, LXQt Modules and some settings upon leaving the session. See screenshot. As for the LXQt Modules the checkbox at the left refers to launching the module at sessions' beginning, stopping and launching within running sessions works as well.
Defines a default terminal emulator and web browser by setting environment variables
The usage of
TERM is faulty in this context, see lxqt #433. Usage of
BROWSER is correct but not recognized by too many applications any longer.
All in all the configuration of default applications will probably be handled by a different approach one day like improving GUI "File Associations" of lxqt-config so setting environment variables
lxqt-config-session has actually to be discouraged.
This refers to defining directories in terms of the xdg-user-dirs concept. This is a specification to define a number of directories used for certain kinds of content like documents, audio or video files and to create those directories in each user's home directory in case they do not preexist.
This dialogue allows for setting custom directory names differing from those defined by the specification.
Applications to launch according to the Autostart Specification.
Term "LXQt Autostart" refers to applications launched in LXQt sessions only, "Global Autostart" to those launched in all kinds of session. The distinction is relying on keys
NotShowIn of the desktop entry files in use.
The underlying desktop entry files can be edited manually, buttons
Delete at the right of pane "Autostart" can serve as some rudimentary editor, too.
Allows for setting arbitrary environment variables which will be available for all software running within LXQt sessions (so not only the components of LXQt itself).
Desktop entry files providing the various invocations of the binary as depicted above are summed up in sub-menu "Leave" of the panel's main menu.
Item "Leave" opens a dialogue window to select from all actions which are available, all other topics trigger the action stated by their title.