After rebooting my FreeBSD 11.0, I wasn’t able to login to Mate desktop manager via SLiM (Login Manager).

I spent sometimes to try to fix it, but failed. I’ll try it again later when I have a bit of free time.

Here’s a quick note of a work around, so I won’t forget what I’ve done.

  1. Disable loading slim on start up by editing /etc/rc.conf and commented out the following line:
  1. Run this command manually to start mate-session:

So, it appears SLiM is the culprit here since Mate-session can be started up manually.