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Ben Cobb 01-08-2010 07:41 AM

xfce4 fails to start
with slackware 13.0 for one user xfce4 hangs and doesn't start.
.xsession.errors claim it can't open display. It works fine for other users. Also if I access the machine in question as the same user but remotely using remote X (X-terminal on my LAN) it works fine.

Sometimes if I wait and count to 30 it comes up but a lot of the features don't work.

During the last week have posted this question on the compuserve linux forum and also in the xfce site forum with no solutions.

seems there must be something in that user's directory which is hanging it up. I keep the same /home/users directory on a separate partition so when I upgrade for new versions of slackware the /home/users remain the same - I symlink home to that partition so upgrades are somewhat seemless.

looked at "similar threads" here which seem to be different problems.

voyciz 01-08-2010 07:59 AM

Check /var/log/Xorg.log. Does the user have the same permissions as all the other users? Belong to the same groups? Is his .xinitrc file any different from the others, and is he using the same xorg.conf file?

If you believe it's something in that user's home directory then:
$ mv /home/user /home/user.orig
$ mkdir /home/user

if that works, then you are correct and need to start the process of elimination.

Ben Cobb 01-08-2010 09:09 AM

thanks - will try that
also forgot to add first line in .xsession.errors says that the server is already running.

Ben Cobb 01-08-2010 12:25 PM

copied (cp -pR) /home/user to /home/user_bak
created new /home/user, adjusted permissions.
XFCE4 now seems to work OK.

now have to finish moving various suffs over.

must have had something to do with left over files from a previous installation

noticed some xfce files in /home/usr/.config

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