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    Exclamation xfdesktop and xfce4-panel won't start unless sudo

    On start-up the desktop and panel flash for a moment and then disappear. If I try to run it in a terminal I get this
    xfce4-panel:
    Code:
    Segmentation fault (core dumped)
    josh@josh-Satellite-C655:~$ 
    (wrapper:5702): Gdk-WARNING **: GdkWindow 0x2e00004 unexpectedly destroyed
    The program 'wrapper' received an X Window System error.
    This probably reflects a bug in the program.
    The error was 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'.
      (Details: serial 222 error_code 3 request_code 18 minor_code 0)
      (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
       that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
       To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
       option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
       backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)
    xfdesktop:
    Code:
    xfdesktop[5762]: starting up
    Segmentation fault (core dumped)
    If I run the --sync option as it says nothing changes and will still display the exact same thing in the terminal. If I run either of these programs under sudo then they work fine so I think this might be an issue of ownership. I just need to know what file i need to take ownership of.
    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04
    Last edited by Champlin93; August 4th, 2012 at 10:31 AM. Reason: Add more detail

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    Re: xfdesktop and xfce4-panel won't start unless sudo

    Have you added xfce to a full Ubuntu unity installation, or is this a Xubuntu system?

    What happens if you make a new user, temporarily if you want, and then login to xfce with that user? If the new user works OK it points to your /home folder or partition having problems in some configuration or other.
    DISTRO: Xubuntu 12.04-64bit --- Code-tags --- Boot-Repair --- Grub2 wiki & Grub2 Basics --- RootSudo

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    Re: xfdesktop and xfce4-panel won't start unless sudo

    I have a full Ubuntu unity installation.
    I just tried creating a new user and it worked perfectly, however I really don't want to start over with a new account is there a way to make mine work?

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    Re: xfdesktop and xfce4-panel won't start unless sudo

    Perhaps something is corrput in your sessions cache. Log out and go to the first tty (Ctrl+Alt+F1), log in and delete the sessioins cache:
    Code:
    rm -rf $HOME/.cache/sessions
    ...(NOTE: be careful typing in that command - it will recursively delete and you want to make sure you are only deleting the .cache/sessions folder in your home directory)

    Go back to the gui (Ctrl+Alt+F7) and log in again.

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    Re: xfdesktop and xfce4-panel won't start unless sudo

    Deleting my .cache/sessions did nothing. Isn't there a command other than --sync that shows more detail?

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    Re: xfdesktop and xfce4-panel won't start unless sudo

    It should log error messages to ~/.xsession-errors. Check there.

    You might also want to rename your ~/.config/xfce4 directory (to ~/.config/xfce.BAK) from tty1. This will remove all your settings and when you re-login, Xfce will re-create it's configuration files (in case there is something corrupt there). Just note that all your configuration settings will be reset.

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