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    How to force boot with xfce

    Hi. I've been running Xubuntu 13.10 with xfce environment and thought I'd try Cinnamon which I'd installed some time ago. It seems ok until I open any of the panel items (eg Menu), at which point it appears to lock, ie it won't accept keystrokes or mouseclicks. This means I can't select Logout from the menu and thus can't get back to xfce. How can I tell Xubuntu to boot with xfce? (I have several Linux os's on the system and a rescue cd).
    Note that I'm not interested in solving the problem with Cinnamon, only getting back to xfce.
    Thanks

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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    One of the problems of using autologin is that the system automatically goes to the last chosen DE. If you can not get to the logion screen for the reason you cite here, and do not know how to kill a frozen xsession, you can not get to a login screen to change to a different DE.
    From your running cinnamon desktop, there is probably a command to stop the cinnamon session, but never having used cinnamon I do not have a clue what it may be.

    So as a workaround you can hold Rt Alt+Print screen+K to kill the xsession. This should get you back to the lightdm login screen, where you can again choose Xubuntu session.
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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    On login screen you can choose witch desktop you want to start.Select xfce and login.
    There is no greater religion than a truth.

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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    Hit Ctl+Alt+F1. This will give you a command line. Type 'sudo reboot now' (without the apostrophes). Enter password, hit enter and the machine should reboot.

    When you get to the login screen click 'Sessions' and choose xfce session.

    * Just realised it won't accept keystrokes. Scratch that. But give it a try anyway ...
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; February 27th, 2014 at 10:42 AM.

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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    mynot; Hi !
    How a bout this approach ?
    Boot up with "text" as a boot parameter (grub boot menu)
    I expect you will boot to a text terminal;
    Login-> username and password;
    What results from either (as we do not know what is set up in the control file ~/.xinitrc)
    Code:
    startx
    ##or##
    startxfce4
    Then perhaps we can see about removing cinnamon(??).

    When all else fails
    there is always the command line
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    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    Boot in recovery mode and type

    Code:
    nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
    find the lines

    Code:
    autologin-guest=false 
     autologin-user=username
     autologin-user-timeout=0
     autologin-session=lightdm-autologin
    and make them look like this

    Code:
    #autologin-guest=false 
    #autologin-user=username
    #autologin-user-timeout=0
    #autologin-session=lightdm-autologin
    Ctrl+X to exit and save file and that is it.Reboot and you should find on login screen option to login to xfce.
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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    Thanks for the replies. After getting things into a worse muddle ZVACET's suggestion to edit lightdm finally solved the problem.

    Now, can anyone please point me to a good description of what happens between Linux loading and the desktop being displayed? What, for example, is the relationship between Linux, X11, lightdm and xfce? What configuration files are used? (Not asking anyone to answer these questions - just point me to a source.) At the moment it's a mystery and solving problems is a matter of picking posts more or less at random and trying things.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: How to force boot with xfce

    Please mark this thread as solved to help others and start a new thread with any other questions. These new ones are unrelated to your thread title and you have more chance of support in a new thread. Thanks.

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