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DJOtaku 11-09-2013 01:44 PM

Xfce desktop missing
 
My toddler was mashing keys on my netbook and now my Xfce desktop is missing. Basically, I went through every single setting in the settings manager and it appears that everything is set correctly. I should have a background image, but it doesn't appear. I should be able to right-click to get a menu, but it doesn't work. So whatever my toddler did, it's not a setting that I could find.

I ideas on what went wrong and how to fix it?

I did check and xfwm4 (Xfce's window manager) is running.

yooy 11-09-2013 02:12 PM

reboot?

DJOtaku 11-09-2013 06:45 PM

It's already been rebooted a few times

yooy 11-10-2013 07:28 AM

you should try something like
Quote:

killall xfce4-panel
xfce4-panel&
in terminal to get your things back.

JJJCR 11-10-2013 07:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DJOtaku (Post 5061441)
My toddler was mashing keys on my netbook and now my Xfce desktop is missing. Basically, I went through every single setting in the settings manager and it appears that everything is set correctly. I should have a background image, but it doesn't appear. I should be able to right-click to get a menu, but it doesn't work. So whatever my toddler did, it's not a setting that I could find.

I ideas on what went wrong and how to fix it?

I did check and xfwm4 (Xfce's window manager) is running.

check out this thread:
http://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?pid=21023

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 11:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yooy (Post 5061858)
you should try something like


in terminal to get your things back.

that did not work

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JJJCR (Post 5061860)

thanks for teh suggestion. Tried deleting those cache files, but no luck

sgosnell 11-10-2013 02:24 PM

Yooy's post is incorrect. There needs to be a space before the &. Thus:
Code:

killall xfce4-panel
xfce4-panel &

But rebooting should do the same thing. I'm not really clear on exactly what the situation is. Do you boot to a console, or to an Xfce desktop that just isn't the one you had before? If the latter, have you tried to reset Xfce to defaults? You would have to redo your desktop to get everything the way it was, but it should work.

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sgosnell (Post 5062037)
Yooy's post is incorrect. There needs to be a space before the &. Thus:
Code:

killall xfce4-panel
xfce4-panel &

But rebooting should do the same thing. I'm not really clear on exactly what the situation is. Do you boot to a console, or to an Xfce desktop that just isn't the one you had before? If the latter, have you tried to reset Xfce to defaults? You would have to redo your desktop to get everything the way it was, but it should work.

Baiscally, if I go to Settings-> Desktop. It doesn't matter if I set a background or tell it to be a solid color. It never changes the background. I also no longer am able to right-click on the desktop to get a menu even though the settings are set such I should be able to

Habitual 11-10-2013 08:07 PM

Logout.
Code:

Ctrl+Alt+F1
login as yourself
mv ~/.config/xfce4 ~/.config/xfce4.broke
exit
Ctrl+Alt+F7

default. Start over.

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Habitual (Post 5062190)
Logout.
Code:

Ctrl+Alt+F1
login as yourself
mv ~/.config/xfce4 ~/.config/xfce4.broke
exit
Ctrl+Alt+F7

default. Start over.

that did redo the panels, but I still can't set the background. I pick different images and the background doesn't change. Still also can't right-click to get the xfce menu.

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 08:22 PM

If I look at

/home/ermesa/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-desktop.xml

I see that the desktop background is set to the image I set. I change the image and load it again and it changes in that xml file. But the background itself does not change. It seems like something (I don't know what) is running on top of the background. That's why the background isn't changing even though XFCE4 thinks it should be changed and also why the right-clicks aren't making it through to XFCE

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 08:30 PM

I tried killing everything that starts with xfce - still couldn't figure it out - none of those seem to be it.

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 08:42 PM

So I've been using Linux for 10 years. I saw that so you understand that I know how to follow you comments for erasing the files in .config as you asked me to. That includes the session files you mentioned before. None of them were working despite reboots or logging in/out. So, on a whim, I enaabled the setting where it lets me choose a session on login. I created a new session and now my background is there as are the desktop icons (which I'd forgot to mention were missing). So, it's solved, but I don't know what was wrong before.

DJOtaku 11-10-2013 08:46 PM

Also, I tried editing my first post to mark it as solved. Is there a way to formally do that on lq.org? Up until now I hadn't followed the practice of marking threads as solved, but I've been trying to practice better forum etiquette.


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