How to get rid of session 'memory' in xfce for a clean restart?

Chris G cl at
Thu Jul 2 18:18:26 CEST 2009

On Thu, Jul 02, 2009 at 01:28:23PM +0100, Chris G wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 02, 2009 at 12:56:04PM +0200, Alexander Toresson wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM, Chris G<cl at> wrote:
> > > I'm running xfce4 version on xubuntu 8.10.
> > >
> > > The latest xubuntu upgrade has, for some reason, stopped X starting up
> > > properly.  Looking at the .xsession-errors file I think this *may* be
> > > due to the restart (after the kernel upgrade) trying to restart some
> > > applications that have problems.
> > >
> > > How do I get xfce4 to do a 'clean' X startup with no session 'memory'?
> > > I currently don't even get to the login screen so I can't do it from
> > > there, presumably the restart is trying to give me back my session
> > > exactly as it was (and failing).
> > >
> > 
> > If you do not even get the login screen, it is unlikely that Xfce is
> > even starting (unless you have configured gdm to auto-login). It is
> > rather likely that the upgrade caused your X to not start up properly,
> > and this is not related to Xfce.
> > If you really find out that the Xfce session is the problem, remove
> > .cache/sessions/ to reset your session.
> > 
> >From the .xsession-errors file it looks as if X is trying to start as
> there are *loads* of messages from digikam (which I think may be the
> cause of my problems) and, at the end, from some bits of xfce.
> I'll try removing .cache/sessions/ and see if it helps, I don't really
> have anything to preserve in sessions.
No different, the .xsession-errors was an old one I suspect because I
removed it and it hasn't reappeared.

How do I diagnose this?  I have virtual consoles working (fortunately,
and hence this E-Mail) but that's all.  There don't appear to be any
errors in /var/Xorg.0.log but I've still got no GUI at all, no login
screen, nothing.  I just get the xubuntu startup screen with the bar
moving across and when that finishes there's just a blank screen.

Chris Green

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