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

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Mon Oct 10 06:07:33 CEST 2005

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Rich Shepard wrote:
>    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.

Impossible to tell now, since you deleted it, but could the permissions
have been messed up on ~/.cache/?  Not sure, but that might have caused
that problem.  Looking in ~/.xsession-errors might provide clues as well.


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