[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#867221: xfce4-session: /xfce.desktop should point to xfce4-session

Martin Monperrus martin.monperrus at gnieh.org
Tue Jul 4 20:52:43 UTC 2017

Package: xfce4-session
Version: 4.12.1-5
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

/usr/share/xsessions/xfce.session contains "Exec=startxfce4"

On my system, this fails to start an XFCE session with the error message
"/usr/bin/startxfce4: X server already running on" (common error on the web)

Indeed, starting X is handled by the DM itself, not by XFCE (lightdm in my

I've changed it to "Exec=xfce4-session" and it works perfectly now.

What about changing "Exec=startxfce4" by "Exec=xfce4-session"?

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

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-3-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages xfce4-session depends on:
ii  libatk1.0-0            2.22.0-1
ii  libc6                  2.24-12
ii  libcairo2              1.14.8-1
ii  libdbus-1-3            1.10.18-1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2       0.108-2
ii  libfontconfig1         2.12.3-0.1
ii  libfreetype6           2.6.3-3.2
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0     2.36.5-2
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.52.3-1
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.24.31-2
ii  libice6                2:1.0.9-2
ii  libpango-1.0-0         1.40.5-1
ii  libpangocairo-1.0-0    1.40.5-1
ii  libpangoft2-1.0-0      1.40.5-1
ii  libpolkit-gobject-1-0  0.105-18
ii  libsm6                 2:1.2.2-1+b3
ii  libwnck22              2.30.7-5.1
ii  libx11-6               2:1.6.4-3
ii  libxfce4ui-1-0         4.12.1-2
ii  libxfce4util7          4.12.1-3
ii  libxfconf-0-2          4.12.1-1
ii  xfce4-settings         4.12.1-1
ii  xfconf                 4.12.1-1

Versions of packages xfce4-session recommends:
ii  dbus-x11           1.10.18-1
ii  libpam-systemd     233-9
ii  light-locker       1.7.0-4
ii  systemd-sysv       233-9
pn  upower             <none>
ii  x11-xserver-utils  7.7+7+b1
ii  xfdesktop4         4.12.3-4
ii  xfwm4              4.12.4-1

Versions of packages xfce4-session suggests:
pn  fortunes-mod  <none>
ii  pm-utils      1.4.1-17
ii  sudo          1.8.20p2-1

-- no debconf information

-- debsums errors found:
debsums: changed file /usr/share/xsessions/xfce.desktop (from xfce4-session package)

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