Dude broke his XFCE

Peter N Spotts pspotts at alum.mit.edu
Thu Apr 26 21:19:44 CEST 2007

On Thu, 2007-04-26 at 14:12 -0400, Jeffrey Sabarese wrote:
> sorry if this seems a duplicate. i did search my email, but i don't
> think i received any replies to my first report of XFCE failing to
> load on my system
> i had been using XFCE (as shipped with FC5) for several weeks, but in
> early April it "stopped working". by now, i don't recall what i might
> have done to cause this-- i don't think i had any idea at the time
> either, so i'm sorry i don't have much to provide in the way of
> "supporting evidence"; clues to help solve the mystery.
> when "booting into XFCE", the Task-Bar at the top loads, plus a few
> "auto-start" items in the taskbar tray, such as KNotes, Klipper,
> Beagle
> the "XFCE Menu" (the "main menu" with all launchers [and printer and
> clock by default, etc.]) -- it does not load-- therefore the desktop
> manager is currently useless.
> logging out is also impossible in this condition (AFAIK) w/out a hard
> shut-down.
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If the task bar loads, try installing the Xfce menu plug-in on it. Then,
when you bring up the menu from the button on the task bar, look for the
Xfce's configuration applications. You should see something like Desktop
Manager. Open that, and in the upper left-hand corner of the dialog box,
there should be a check-off to have Xfce manage you desktop. Check it,
then see what happens. You should get your missing elements back. Then
log out, making sure to save the session...Log back in, and all should
be well. It's a good idea to keep that little menu button on your task
bar for such emergencies...


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