Restarting XFCE desktop after a Gnome app changes it

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Fri Jun 17 19:22:37 CEST 2005

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Erik Peterson wrote:
> Hello all,
> This seems to be a very commmon question.  (One that I have myself
> asked a while ago)  Is there some place (in the wiki, manual etc) that
> a the solution to this problem can be posted or is there already and I
> am am simply not aware of it?   Searching google or the list archive
> does turn up the solution but only after a bit of hunting around.  Can
> we make this easier?  I would be happy to provide the write up, open
> of course to criticism, (in a FAQ like format) but am not sure where
> to put it.  Would a larger list of common questions/answers like this
> be useful to post somewhere?

It's been in my FAQ for about 6 months now, but the question still
appears here every couple weeks...

I think it's one of the last questions.


> Thoughts...
> --Erik.
> On 6/17/05, John Shane <jslists at> wrote:
>>On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 13:48:27 +0200
>>Stefan Stuhr <xfceuserslist at> wrote:
>>>fre, 17 06 2005 kl. 12:49 +0200, skrev John Shane:
>>>>How do I restart the xfce desktop after a Gnome application has taken
>>>>I've been poking around looking at some Gnome apps and discover
>>>>that sometimes they reset the desktop.  The only way I've been able to get
>>>>the xfce desktop back is to quit xfce and log back in.  I tried to run
>>>>xfdesktop (with and without &) from a terminal but it doesn't persist.  As
>>>>soon as I close the terminal the Gnome desktop comes back.  I also tried
>>>>"xfdesktop -reload" but again, as soon as I close the terminal the Gnome
>>>>desktop reaserts itself.
>>>>My apologies if the answer is in the manual.  I read the section on the
>>>>desktop manager again and that's where I got the -reload idea.  Thanks for
>>>>your help.  John
>>>xfdesktop & disown
>>>in the terminal.
>>>And run Nautilus with --no-desktop as parameter, then it doesn't take
>>>over the desktop.
>>Ahhhh, that does the trick!  Many thanks.
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