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I have an annoying problem with xfdesktop. After doing a dist-upgrade, I locked my screen with xlock. I came back after some time and the computer freezed. I was a bit disappointed because it never happened before. Anyway I rebooted my PC and now xfdesktop works only if "None" or "Minimized applications icons" is chosen in Xfce Settings->Desktop. In "File/launcher icons" mode it doesn't run.
I started it from a console to see what it was, and it said this:
I had a similar problem. In addition to the errors you received, I also saw the following error messages in ~/.xsession-errors:
(thunar:4646): thunar-vfs-WARNING **: Failed to connect to the HAL daemon: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.
Thunar: Failed to connect to the D-BUS session bus: Failed to connect to socket /tmp/dbus-mMwbmilSTz: Connection refused
I also did a dist-upgrade some time ago, but afterwards, always had uresolved dependency problems with several dbus packages.
What I did was to remove the 'dbus-1' package and replace it with the newer 'dbus' package. After that (and logging out then back in) my xfdesktop troubles went away.
Sorry for the delay. It worked! I had tried this before, but have found it not to work and then reinstalled dbus-1 BEFORE logging out... and it was so simple!
Thank you so much, this problem has been bothering me for months