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Old 05-05-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
Kallaste
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Desktop environment messed up; mouse cursor turned into an "X," no title bar, etc.


Well I'm not sure what I did, but I no longer have a working desktop on my brand new installation of Slackware-current. I just installed it on my Asus Zenbook UX21A the other day, and other than the manufacturer-defined backlight function keys not working, everything was functioning perfectly. Then, however, right after I adjusted the backlight in

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/sys/class/backlight
(while logged in as root in X, through the terminal emulator) and opened a Firefox window, my XFCE became unusable. My mouse cursor turned into an "X," the title bars on the windows disappeared, and it would not let me type anything else into the terminal. But I could still pull up the start menu and open applications from there, so I took a screenshot (below).

I did a reboot, and the problem persisted. Then when I tried to mount my flash drive so I could move my screenshot over, I noticed that it would not let me create directories anymore.

I literally haven't done anything except make a few directories in my home folder, change the dpi settings through XFCE, install the terminus-font slackbuild and set it through setfont, and make this adjustment to the backlight. That's it.

Does anyone know what went wrong here? Thanks.

P.S. I did see a reference to this happening to Ubuntu users with Compiz here, but I am using XFCE.

Screenshots: http://imageshack.us/a/img844/558/sc...5201312073.png (That is one instance of Firefox.)

http://imageshack.us/a/img96/8385/sc...5201312462.png
 
Old 05-05-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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It looks like this issue is on the arch wiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ession_failure. Give the solution posted there a try and see what happens.
 
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #3
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It looks like this issue is on the arch wiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ession_failure. Give the solution posted there a try and see what happens.
That did the trick. Thanks!
 
Old 05-05-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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That problem has been around for a while and came up recently in another thread. The same problem would re-appear over and over again and I stumbled across the solution by trial and error.

After installing the 23 March -current updates for Xfce I had thought a "final solution" had been found, but just this morning it happened again.

At this point I've written off Xfce, at least for the immediate future... or for however long I can put up with the most recent version of, ugh, KDE. Sometimes I can go a whole day or, maybe, even two, before I go back to Xfce. We'll see.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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Yes, i was facing the same problem. Got it solved following solution in post #2.
Thank you.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 09:16 AM   #6
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That problem has been around for a while and came up recently in another thread. The same problem would re-appear over and over again and I stumbled across the solution by trial and error.

After installing the 23 March -current updates for Xfce I had thought a "final solution" had been found, but just this morning it happened again.

At this point I've written off Xfce, at least for the immediate future... or for however long I can put up with the most recent version of, ugh, KDE. Sometimes I can go a whole day or, maybe, even two, before I go back to Xfce. We'll see.
Come to think of it, I had the same thing happen a couple of years ago on Xubuntu, but I attributed it to the disk being full. After I rebooted and deleted some files it went away. Of course, I don't think Xubuntu was saving session data like my -current XFCE does (even though I told it not to by unchecking that box in the log out dialog, it still kept enough to be corrupted until I deleted those files).

I am totally with you about KDE. Except I don't think I could stand it even for one day.

I would like to set up Openbox, but I *just* got everything right under XFCE. Sigh.
 
  


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