[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#686565: xfce4-session: xfce4-session doesn't start window manager

chrysn chrysn at fsfe.org
Mon Sep 3 10:12:09 UTC 2012

Package: xfce4-session
Version: 4.8.3-2+b1
Severity: normal

when an xfce4 session is "saved for future logins" and that session
doesn't contain a window manager, the user is presented with a
windowmanager-less environment at the next login, from which he might
not be able to recover without deeper knowledge of the system.

said behavior occurred on a freshly installed debian wheezy system under
normal usage conditions, and could not be reproduced so far. nevertheless,
xfce4-session should be clever enough to detect that an essential part of the
session (xfwm4) is missing, and start a window manager.

as a workaround, i had to remove the xfce4 session from
~/.cache/sessions/, thus losing the list of running applications.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-3-amd64 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages xfce4-session depends on:
ii  dpkg                1.16.8
ii  libatk1.0-0         2.4.0-2
ii  libc6               2.13-35
ii  libcairo2           1.12.2-2
ii  libdbus-1-3         1.6.0-1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2    0.100-1
ii  libfontconfig1      2.9.0-7
ii  libfreetype6        2.4.9-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0  2.26.1-1
ii  libglib2.0-0        2.32.3-1
ii  libgtk2.0-0         2.24.10-2
ii  libice6             2:1.0.8-2
ii  libpango1.0-0       1.30.0-1
ii  libsm6              2:1.2.1-2
ii  libwnck22           2.30.7-1
ii  libx11-6            2:1.5.0-1
ii  libxfce4ui-1-0      4.8.1-1
ii  libxfce4util4       4.8.2-1
ii  libxfconf-0-2       4.8.1-1
ii  multiarch-support   2.13-35
ii  xfce4-settings      4.8.3-2
ii  xfconf              4.8.1-1

Versions of packages xfce4-session recommends:
ii  consolekit         0.4.5-3.1
ii  dbus-x11           1.6.0-1
ii  upower             0.9.17-1
ii  x11-xserver-utils  7.7~3
ii  xfce4-panel        4.8.6-3
ii  xfce4-utils        4.8.3-2
ii  xfdesktop4         4.8.3-2
ii  xfwm4              4.8.3-1

Versions of packages xfce4-session suggests:
pn  fortunes-mod  <none>
pn  sudo          <none>

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