An experiment in backup

Tom H tomh0665 at
Sun Jan 18 17:26:57 UTC 2015

On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 10:28 PM, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:54 AM, Tom H <tomh0665 at> wrote:

>> Are you using a DM?
> A what? Xubuntu uses xfce4 if that answers the question.

DM = display manager

On Ubuntu, lightdm is the default DM.

>> Are you using a WM or a DE?
> A what?

WM = window manager

DE = desktop environment; in your case XFCE

>> Have you looked at the logs? Especially Xorg.0.log and xsessions-errors.
> Xorg logs seem normal
> I don't see any xsessions-errors file


>> Can you launch X after logging in to the console?
> I don't know how.

You can check that the basic functionality of X is OK with
xinit /usr/bin/xterm -- /usr/bin/X :0 -nolisten tcp vt01
(assuming that you're on tty1 when launching X)

Otherwise, you can start X with
xinit [...]
startx [...]
service lightdm [re]start

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