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I found that if xfce4-power-manager does not work if it is started with /usr/bin/xfce4-power-manager, the process is there but no power icon would be shown, the Power Manager in Settings does not work either.

However if I start xfce4-power-manager with command xfce4-power-manager --no-daemon option, everything works normally. Is there anyone facing the same problem?

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I have this problem as well. I strace'd it, and it just hangs at a certain point. This problem was not present in 13.04. – David N. Welton Oct 30 '13 at 10:02
This looks relevant: – David N. Welton Oct 30 '13 at 10:06
I am running xfpm 1.2.0 without major issues. Also check… . – landroni Feb 12 '14 at 7:42

xfce4-power-manager not started, applet not visible

Delete > Desktop configuration file:


Settings Manager / Session and Startup / Startup Applications

Item disabled:

Energy Management (power Management Xfce environment)

New item enabled:

Name:             Xfce Power Manager (for example your name)
Description:      Power manager startup
New command:      xfce4-power-manager --no-daemon

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You could create a launcher by the following method. Copy and paste the code in gedit and do the required changes..

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Power Manager
Icon=[link to icon(not required)]
Categories=[choose what categories you want this file]

and save the file as anyname.desktop

For more info on how to create a launcher visit -> Link

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