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Old 12-09-2003, 07:15 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Gentoo 2004.0
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XFce4 configuration

i got hooked on XFce4 during my brief trial of slackware. But since switching back to SuSE 9.0, i haven't had much luck. SuSE only offers XFce 3.x, not the latest 4.x version, which seems to be much better.

i've tried installing from source ( and redoubled and installed w/ rpms when i had trouble ).

FYI, I use kdm as my login manager.

when using the supplied ~/.xfce4/xinitrc script, i am able to get into XFce, but only the panel works. the taskbar, and settings manager do not work.

i simplified the ~/.xfce4/xinitrc script to read only:
xfwm4 --daemon
xftaskbar4 &
xfdesktop &
exec xfce4-panel
and still the same problem.

lastly, i edited ~/.xinitrc to read as above (no luck) and the one liner: startxfce4 (no luck)

i can't figure out why the task panel and such aren't starting. as far as i can tell, they were installed properly (no errors during install). anyone have ideas?
Old 12-11-2003, 07:39 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2003
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well i had a sneaking suspicion that i had WAY too many remnants of configuration files in my home directory (too many distro's- too short a time) and i think that was the crux of the problem.

i had to re-install SuSE 9.0 since configuiring my printer fubared something. i could only get into init level 1 after the format, XFce4 configured beautifully.

it's all good now and i love XFce!

Last edited by BrianNJ; 12-11-2003 at 07:42 AM.


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