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Whichever user account I log in to XFCE from there are no icons in the menu, panel or thunar except for the kde apps. Selecting a theme in the appearance settings has no effect whatsoever. Nothing happens.
No one actually uses XFCE yet, I am on fluxbox and the other two accounts use kde so it's not a major issue, just perplexing. I can't seem to google anything about this or find any mention in here of anyone having a similar problem.
I don't know if it's the same thing, but that happened to me twice, last time being two days ago after coming back from suspend. But, before that I have noticed library error messages in a console (F6, I think). So I was expecting something to go wrong anyway. A restart of X solved the problem. As I was in a hurry I didn't care to read the messages carefully, but I remember that the first time they were about gtk libraries.
I did a full install, I guess maybe something went wrong. I'm loathe to start again now and as it only seems to be xfce that's broken and no-one uses it I think I'll just leave it for now.
Unless there is a way to reinstall xfce without a full reinstall?
You could reinstall the packages under xfce/. But before that, can you try running a gtk application from the command line and see if there are any error messages? Gtk will probably complain about not being able to find icons.
Attached is a screenshot of the desktop with missing icons...looking at the sub menus it seems there are one or two kde app icons missing too so I'm not sure what the pattern is. For instance kcalc and kwrite are missing as well as any number on the Settings menu.
The dialog box is there because I have now found that I can't select the other tabs with the mouse, I click on them but it won't switch. Changing the icon theme has no effect still.
Starting apps from the command line throws up no error messages. I looked at what was in the xfce folder on a slackware disc and uninstalled all the packages listed with pkgtool. I then downloaded and reinstalled them. There was no change. I've also tried deleting all the config files and logging in again but no luck.
I had exactly the problem you describe. However I was doing an upgrade to current 64bit with slackpkg. I must have done something wrong because a raft of packages did not upgrade with the usual slackpkg upgrade trio. (I have not had this problem before, and the upgrade to my netbook worked fine).
Finally I resorted to a search of all the lib packages that were not installed,
slackpkg search lib |grep uninstalled
I then picked a bunch of packages in a very unscientific way and installed them.
Well I bit the bullet and did a complete 64-14.0 re-install so I could start from scratch and I found out the cause.
It was installing alienbob's oxygen-gtk 13.37 package that caused all my icon issues. It is one of a few packages I've normally added post-install as I like the look it gives to apps like Firefox. As soon as I selected oxygen-gtk in the appearance settings dialogue the icons went missing as per my screenshot. Selecting another theme instead had no effect but as soon as I removed oxygen-gtk with pkgtool the desktop reverted back to normal. Using the 13.37 package doesn't seem to be feasible on 14.0, but I'm sure one of the other themes listed will suffice. I'm not saying it's alienbob's package that is at fault though, just that that is where I got it from, I haven't tried any others at all.
Thanks for all the suggestions, hints and help from you all and I hope this thread helps someone else along the way.