View Full Version : [xubuntu] "Allow Xfce to manage the desktop" won't stay across sessions

June 13th, 2008, 04:32 AM
After an issue where my disk filled to capacity, and some desktop settings got damaged, I have one problem left to resolve.

When I login to an Xfce session, the desktop is initially OK, but then reverts to the default Heron backdrop and a different icon layout. I have to go into Desktop Preferences in the Settings Manager, and re-check "Allow Xfce to manage the desktop". Selecting he save session option on logou does not help.

Is there a config file for this setting that may be damaged?

Xiong Chiamiov
June 13th, 2008, 04:41 AM
Did you start from scratch again, or modify an existing profile? If the latter, it might be a permissions issue - try making sure your ~/.gnome2 (I believe that's the one used by XFCE) folder is owned by you, and you have read and write permissions.

June 13th, 2008, 04:59 AM
I am still using the original profile. Checked the ~/.gnome2, and my user is the owner.

Xiong Chiamiov
June 13th, 2008, 05:09 AM
You might try changing the permissions appropriately (even though they should be right), just to apply it down to all the folders within.

chmod -R 755 ~/.gnome2

June 13th, 2008, 12:33 PM
Do you use Nautilus?

If so, make sure that you start it with the command
nautilus --no-desktop

June 14th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Do you use Nautilus?

Thanks, that reminded me that an experiment installing Nautilus occurred right before this problem started. Backing out the unneeded components solved the problem.

July 1st, 2008, 07:14 AM
Hi, I am also experiencing this problem where the setting "allow Xfce to manage the desktop" just won't stick.
I've had ubuntu hardy installed previously (fresh install) and just installed the xubuntu-desktop package. I've been into the gconf editor and unchecked the option apps/nautilus/preferences/show desktop, and I don't use nautilus anyway. I've tried creating a new session, with the 'automatically save session on logout' option checked, but nothing seems to work. :confused:

December 20th, 2008, 08:56 PM
Thankyou for this help. I un-installed Nautilus and my problem with Xfce switching to gnome desktop was fixed.