[xubuntu-users] Desktop fails to start after login - after 13.04 to 13.10 upgrade
benshadwick at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 21:48:21 UTC 2013
There's so much baggage stored in your home directory, though, that it
seems like preserving it across a reinstall would negate half of the
advantages of doing a reinstall in the first place.
Case in point: Chris' issue was solved by getting rid of a corrupt xfce4
config in his home directory. Chances are, if he had /home on a separate
partition and reinstalled the OS, the problem would still be there.
Personally, I just make backups of /home, /etc, and /opt (the latter being
where I install stuff that doesn't come from an APT repo) to a remote drive
(e.g. another computer on the LAN) so that I can hand-migrate stuff back
after a reinstall.
Regarding using synaptic to reinstall packages: Does it know to mark
dependency packages as automatically installed, or does it end up marking
everything as manually installed? I hate having dependencies listed as
manually installed, because it means they don't then get removed if I
remove the only packages that depend on them.
On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM, Cody Smith <cody.smith9202 at gmail.com>wrote:
> also, on the subject of making reinstallations easier, a seperate /home
> partition goes a long way. as for packages, synaptic has a method of
> generating a list of installed packages that can be plugged into synaptic
> on the new install so that it can install those packages again one go.
> instructions here:
> just make sure to save the generated package list somewhere it won't be
> lost in the reinstall, such as the /home partition.
> On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Benjamin Shadwick <benshadwick at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Closest thing I can find is ~/.cache/upstart/startxfce4.log or possible
>> /var/log/lightdm/*.log, but I'm not sure how useful they are.
>> On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM, Chris Green <cl at isbd.net> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 07:21:54PM +0000, Chris Green wrote:
>>> > > - While not logged into the GUI desktop, rename the
>>> > > directory and then try to log into the desktop. This will result
>>> in the
>>> > > use of default XFCE desktop settings for your account.
>>> > OK, I'll try that.
>>> ... and now I get a desktop after logging in! :-)
>>> Thank you, I'll have to recustomise it of course but that's not too much
>>> work, it's not very intricately configured.
>>> Is there any way to work out what broke things - i.e. is there some sort
>>> of xcfe error log that will tell me what I broke?
>>> Chris Green
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