How to restart Xfce?

David Mohr squisher at
Thu Feb 26 19:01:21 CET 2009

On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 8:40 AM, Quiring, Sam <Sam.Quiring at> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I am working on an Accessibility application on a Linux instance with Xfce
> as the desktop.  Mozilla's Minefield is the internet browser.  We are
> experiencing some difficulties where some accessibility operations on
> Minefield cause the entire desktop to freeze.  It is getting really tiresome
> to have to reboot the image.
> We can PuTTY into linux and the resulting ssh interface is still alive even
> though Xfce is frozen.  So I'm looking for a command or commands to restart
> just the desktop.  I hope this is the right mailing list.
> We had a similiar problem with the GNOME desktop and this command worked
> great for us:
> % sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart

This will also work for xfce.

The reason why an ssh session might still be alive when the desktop is
frozen, is that just the graphical session is frozen up, the rest of
the computer is still working fine. So the issue you are having is not
really an Xfce one, but rather an X one.


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