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Old 01-23-2019, 09:27 AM   #1
ahc_fan
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Little bugs with Xfce


Hello, I have two things bothering me about Xfce. First, when I open desktop settings to change my wallpaper all I see is an empty list. I.e., the wallpaper thumbnails aren't displaying:

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I don't know what causes this to happen, but I can obviously reboot or restart the desktop to fix it. But is there perhaps a way to fix it without doing either of those things so that I don't have to close my desktop applications?

Another thing is that my icons in the notification area disappear whenever I either open steam or toggle desktop compositing in the Window Manager Tweaks dialog:

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You can see the steam icon on the right next to an invisible icon of Clementine in the middle. I assume this one is something I'm just going to have to deal with, but I'm mentioning it just in case someone knows a permanent fix. It's not just clementine, but everything that appears in the notification area.

I will appreciate any help I can get with this.
 
Old 01-23-2019, 03:29 PM   #2
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The first image you posted, the system is looking in a folder called abstract. I put the images I use for backgrounds in a file folder called Pictures. You can use any folder you like, just put your background images there, and click on folder drop down, and navigate to the folder you put the images in. They should show up then.

I don't use steam, so no help there. I would suggest you try a different theme that contrasts more with they icons you use. That will make them more visible.
 
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:53 AM   #3
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Regarding the first problem, that's a long standing issue. I never found a fix, but haven't run into it in the past months.
 
Old 02-04-2019, 02:22 AM   #4
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what distro?
how did you install XFCE?
 
Old 02-04-2019, 07:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I found the second issue actually happens whenever I turn desktop compositing on or off via the Window Manager Tweaks dialog under the Xfce Settings menu. A strange bug, but at least I know why it happens now. I have to turn it off to play a certain online game, otherwise I get a lot of mouse input lag.

As for the first issue I still don't know what exactly causes it for me, but I'm thinking it has to do with adding new images to the currently selected wallpaper folder and manually changing wallpapers repeatedly. Just a guess, but that's when it seems to happen. I've now come across a similar bug though: sometimes after editing an image with GIMP, exporting it to one of my wallpaper folders, and then selecting that wallpaper in the desktop settings window, when I close and try to re-open desktop settings the window hangs and I have to force close xfdesktop-settings or it eats up memory. It's not a big issue or anything, I guess I just hoped there might be some obscure fix someone around here might've known about.

My OS is Slackware64 14.2 and Xfce is just the default desktop I chose to install with it.
 
Old 02-05-2019, 12:45 AM   #6
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Regarding the first problem, that's a long standing issue. I never found a fix, but haven't run into it in the past months.
what, still problems with tumblerd? that's what made me finally turn away from XFCE years ago.

op, please try this (quotes from the bug report):
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Ouch. I assume tumblerd is running. Is there any output if you run xfdesktop-settings from the command line?
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Purging, killing process "tumblerd" and reinstalling "tumbler" seems to have fixed this issue for me.
next, one should probably search the xfce bug tracker...
 
Old 02-11-2019, 05:12 AM   #7
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I found Xubuntu to be good in many ways and still use it on a lower-end laptop due to the speed of Xfce, but I also had issues when I used it on my gaming machine. I had some strange GUI effects every day if I used the machine all day - not a big deal, but annoying and makes you wonder what else is wrong. Also, if Steam was running and I shut down the machine, it did not actually shut down, it would just close Steam and you had to shut down a second time. Currently trying Ubuntu for my gaming machine (don't hate!). So far no GUI issues and the desktop integration with apps is particularly good. Xfce definitely feels more snappy and light, but you do get a less slick experience. As I say, I use both on different machines and it is very much a case of horses for courses.

In fact the most serious issue I had was that Xubuntu would not upgrade to 18.04, it failed and no matter what I tried and by trying to fix it, I just needed to re-install, which is when I switched. It is quite likely that some of the issues were not related to Xfce, but when you already have some issues with it, you start to get paranoid.

Having said that, I now have clean installs of Xubuntu and Ubuntu and both are working great!

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Old 02-11-2019, 09:46 AM   #8
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I don't play games on the computer, but do stream video, edit graphics files, etc., using Xfce as the DE and have had no video related problems. Actually, no show stopping problems of any kind with Xfce come to mind (at the moment ).
 
  


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