Trying to test a basic gnome3-lite installation using startx and the following at the end of .xinitrc:
Xorg starts, but I just get a black screen.
After pkg install gdm, startx works fine.
I noticed that gdm depends on polkit-gnome, so I tried that alone and found it was not sufficient.
Maybe gdm should be added to RUN_DEPENDS for gnome3-lite?
(In reply to Jason W. Bacon from comment #0)
Yes, gnome3-lite should depend on gdm. The problem is that gnome-shell depends on gdm and gdm depends on gnome-shell, but FreeBSD ports do not allow dependencies to be declared in this way.
A commit references this bug:
Date: Fri Oct 9 21:08:17 UTC 2020
New revision: 551828
Add gdm to the list of gnome-lite dependencies
Submitted by: jwb