Xfce Wouldn't Start For One User -- Why?

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Mon Oct 10 01:53:25 CEST 2005

   It took my software engineer/SysAdmin friend and I two hours today to solve
the problem of why X won't start for one user, but will for everyong else. I
hope someone here can explain what might have happened so we can try to avoid
this problem in the future.

   After a lot of Google searches and trials of a bunch of different things,
we finally deleted ~/.cache/ and ... X started once again!

   What could have become corrupted in that user's .cache/ directory that
prevented xfce4.2.2 from fully loading? We'd get the black background, the
cursor arrow (which could be moved with the track-point nipple), and a blank
taskbar at the bottom of the screen, but that's all. As soon as the .cache/
directory was removed, startx completed.

   Any insight would be appreciated.


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