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In xubuntu, my desktop icons have dissapeared. I can not remember the cause, but if I do, I will edit this and put it here. Also, when I try to right click on the desktop, nothing happens. I have tried many reboots, but nothing worked. If I have to reset what was on my desktop, that is fine, because all that was on it was some shortcuts to some files.

EDIT: I can view my desktop files from the file manager, if that helps.

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Answered by OP in comments:

run xfdesktop in terminal

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Is that a permanent solution? I mean every time he will have to write xfdesktop to view. – Dishank Jan 11 '15 at 16:16
No. Logout and login again. – ubuplex May 21 '15 at 15:50
@Ruud found the permanent solution below -- just rm -R ~/.cache/sessions/* then xfdesktop and sudo reboot – hobs Jun 28 at 5:31

I was having the same problem; xfdesktop (the XFCE desktop manager) should start up automatically, but from one day to another, it stopped doing so.
Symptoms: no wallpaper, no desktop icons, no desktop context menu, no response to Alt+F2.

The problem spontaneously disappeared after taking the following steps. Step 1 is probably sufficient, but since I can no longer reproduce the problem, there is no way of knowing for sure.

  1. rm -R ~/.cache/sessions/* (shell command) as suggested here
  2. log out and log in again (without rebooting in between); based on this post

Since cleaning the session cache is also suggested here, I suppose the problem may have been triggered by a repository update of XFCE.

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