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Most probably after a forced reboot, whenever I load xfce4 on my Ubuntu 13.04 I get this environment that looks like a buffed-up xterm, where I have an invisible mouse cursor: when I move around I cannot see a cursor but when it happens to go hover over a press-able button, the button changes color. I tried quitting that and starting X by startx but the only thing I got was a black screen. I proceeded as following:

  • Tried uninstalling and reinstalling xfce4 by:
    • sudo apt-get remove --purge xfce4
    • sudo apt-get install xfce4
  • It did not work so I also tried:
    • sudo apt-get remove --purge libxfce4util-common
    • sudo apt-get install xfce4
  • It also did not work so after removing xfce4 I also tried removing and reinstalling xorg:
    • sudo apt-get remove --purge xserver-xorg
    • sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg
    • sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
  • Unfortunately this did not work either so I tried deleting also ~/.XAuthority* but this did not work either.
  • I also attempted to startx after reinstalling xorg and before installing xfce4 but I was again getting just a black screen which makes very worried.

Any ideas?

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I tried logging in as root, as opposed to the regular user I was logging in before, and everything was working fine. This seemed to indicate that it was more of a configuration issue than an xfce4 corruption.

Therefore I logged in again as the regular user that had the problem and deleted the configuration folder, after terminating xfce4 process:

mv ~/.cache/sessions ~/.cache/sessions.bak

Then I restarted xfce4 and everything was working great! Hope that proves helpful for some people.

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