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Old 10-06-2005, 07:05 AM   #1
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XFCE desktop loads but shuts down -- solved.


I have solved this problem. I had missed creation of /etc/fonts/local.conf file. When I created this file and run "fc-cache" command there was no problem moving the mouse over the XFCE panel. What I had posted when I faced the problem is as follows:

Ok. Since my previous post I installed Xorg-6.8.2 and configured it. I could get twm by giving startx command.

Then I have completed minimum installation for XFCE, modified the .xinitrc file and again used startx command.

The XFCE desktop was loaded but when I moved my mouse over the panel the Xserver shuts down. There was an error message regarding fontconfig on the screen, although, the error message was not found on /var/log/Xorg.0.log file. In fact the session itself was not recorded, may be because I have installed only minimum XFCE packages.

Following font paths are configured in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"
FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
. I have removed CID directory from the font path since it has no fonts.

What should I do now?


Last edited by kagashe; 10-07-2005 at 02:38 AM.
Old 10-07-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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Well have a look at ~/.xsession-errors file, it may give you very usefull info

Old 10-17-2005, 11:40 AM   #3
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Als check the xorg.log in the /var/log directory
Old 11-06-2005, 01:02 PM   #4
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I have had this problem before

The problem seems to be the glibc.

For the longest time I thought it was just me having that problem. (and it is exactly how you explained it, I use xfce)

I believe, the 2.3.6 is the most stable (of the glibc's above 2.3.3), except nobody can ssh the system. (as far as my tests go)

glibc-2.3.5 is the most unstable. If your using that please change to 2.3.4 or 2.3.6.


Although the possibility exists there is something we both did during compliation.. somewhere.. that caused xfce4 to have the crash, when I changed only the glibc and nothing else, the crash you speak of vanished. (and glibc-2.3.5 introduced MORE crashes...)

I used the fully loaded installation of xfce4.
Your problem, however similar, may be different that mine. If they give a suggestion try theirs first as it is less...substantial of a change. (and I cannot guaruntee that I did not personally screw up somewhere quite badly..)

Last edited by Yerp; 11-06-2005 at 01:05 PM.


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