How to restart Xfce?

Quiring, Sam Sam.Quiring at
Thu Feb 26 19:05:40 CET 2009


Thanks for the reply.  There is no file /etc/init.d/gdm on the system.  Is that file supposed to be installed when Xfce is the desktop?


-----Original Message-----
From: xfce4-dev-bounces at [mailto:xfce4-dev-bounces at] On Behalf Of David Mohr
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:01 AM
To: XFCE4 development list
Subject: Re: How to restart Xfce?

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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