What exactly does one miss by not having HAL? So far, the only absence I noted in the xfce4-no-hal package (in 5.8 standard) is that the mounted cd's and usb pendrives do not show up in Thunar.
You miss Xfce entirely. HAL is a hard dependency in Xfce 4.4.1. I think we can safely assume it will be in future versions as well. If you find a way to compile the current Xfce without HAL I'm sure the developers would love to hear about it.
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