[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#653965: Bug#653965: xfce4-session: Strange desktop behaviour after corruption of xfce4-session cache

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Mon Jan 2 06:37:20 UTC 2012

On dim., 2012-01-01 at 22:53 +0000, Paul Bryan Roberts wrote:
> Package: xfce4-session
> Version: 4.6.2-3
> Severity: normal
> *** Please type your report below this line ***
> Strange xfce desktop behaviour includes:
>    - failure to log-out
>      (reports "Failed to receive a reply from the session manager")

looks like xfce4-session wasn't even running

>    - log-out panel icon offers to exit panel instead of logout
>    - panel disappears


>    - windows have no min/max buttons etc. and cannot be moved

xfwm4 not running either

> The strange behaviour is not transient:  it persists over reboot.
> Normal behaviour can be restored by deleting the xfce4-session file in
> $HOME/.cache/sessions/.

Indeed, you have a bad session cache.
> Problems observed with xfce4-session 4.6.2-3 on both amd64 and i386
> architectures.  Problems also observed with xfce4-session 4.8.1-3 and
> amd64 architecture (Wheezy and LMDE).

Yeah, looks like unrelated to the arch or version.

> Cause of cache corruption unknown.
> Corruption noticed after package upgrades but this may not be significant.
> The xfce4-session package itself has not been upgraded.

For me, it's just that you quit saving your session with no xfwm4 or
something like that, but it might be something else. The fact that
xfce4-session was missing from the session itself is weird though.
> No idea how to reproduce (but corrupt cache files available on request).

Please send them and diff with your current cache.

> It took weeks (and a fresh installation) to make any the connection between
> the diverse symptoms.

Well, sorry to hear that, but should you have googled for the symptoms,
it should have been pretty obvious what happened.

Note that you have a graphical frontend to the session cache in the Xfce
settings manager, Session and Startup, Session tab.

Unfortunately, there's not so much we can do about this.

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