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Was sitting here working on the computer when the power restarted for some reason. When my computer rebooted and I signed back in my top and side panel are missing. All the rest of my desktop seems to be there. I opened a terminal and entered the command:

xfce4-panel

I got the message:

xfce4-panel: there is already and instance running

yet neither of my panels are showing up. I have tried logging out and logging back in several times and still no panel. I'm running Xubuntu 12.04 64-bit.

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Try these once.. sudo dpkg-reconfigure xfce4-panel If it doesn't help then try to re-install it by: sudo apt-get -f install --reinstall xfce4-panel. Logoff and log-in and see what happens.. Reply.. –  Saurav Kumar Oct 15 '13 at 20:36
    
First command did nothing. Ran the second command, logged off, logged in. Now my panels are showing but my desktop isn't. –  Jason Smith Oct 15 '13 at 21:07
    
What do you mean by your desktop? Run these commands once and restart your system. 1.sudo dpkg-reconfigure $(sudo dpkg -l | grep xfce | awk '{print $2}' | tr '\n' ' ') 2. sudo update-initramfs -u –  Saurav Kumar Oct 15 '13 at 21:13
    
All the folders, files, icons on my desktop are gone. All that is showing is the default screen from the login session. –  Jason Smith Oct 15 '13 at 21:19
    
are you able to open the terminal using ctrl+alt+t. If still not then you can switch to tty1 CLI mode any time by pressing ctrl+alt+F1. Then you can execute commands that I've mentioned. You can also logout any time you want by : sudo pkill -u smith if smith is your user name.. Reply.. –  Saurav Kumar Oct 15 '13 at 21:22
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Re-installing xfce4-panel would solve this issue

Follow these steps to re-install and re-configure xfce4-panel. Open terminal and execute these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -f install --reinstall xfce4-panel

Be sure that you don't remove other packages while installing. Check the installation message carefully.

Once installed execute following command to re-configure xfce:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure $(sudo dpkg -l | grep xfce | awk '{print $2}' | tr '\n' ' ')
sudo update-initramfs -u

Then reboot your system.

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