I'm running into this strange issue when using xfce where my desktop (wallpaper + desktop icons) won't load in after a reboot until I log out and back in. I don't believe I messed with any settings that would affect this, but I'm not entirely sure. Do you guys have any solutions other than reinstalling xfce and if not, is there some way to back up my themes + settings so that I can restore them after a reinstall?

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 with xfce as a desktop environment

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. Are you running Ubuntu or Xubuntu? and what DEsktops have you got installed? (I ask this as I had issues at one time where multiple DEsktops caused this issue). I believe your configs are stored in ~/.config/xfce4/ , but additional themes you've added, or other details can be elsewhere too. – guiverc Aug 2 '18 at 4:20
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    Running Ubuntu 16.04 with xfce as a desktop environment (only have unity and xfce currently installed). The issue is really just an annoying bug, and so I don't know if its worth the hassle to go through and try reinstalling xfce – HF1 Aug 2 '18 at 6:33
  • @HF1, better to add such important info into question by editing & updating it. – user.dz Aug 2 '18 at 7:24
  • Did you tried to reinstall Xubuntu meta package? You can try this way with sudo apt-get install --reinstall xubuntu-desktop. – N0rbert Aug 2 '18 at 8:43

this issue seems to be common with the 16.04 version after the latest update.

The solution as of now is to wait until Ubuntu has a fix for it.

Check here.

It is the same problem and I suggested him to do an upgrade, I would suggest you to do so only if all the packages support the latest version.

Try contacting Ubuntu for the issue. Else, I would suggest to do an upgrade (not recommended if packages unsupported may break your applications) as it's a faster solution because usually the fix takes time.

P.S: In case it annoys you while working, I am attaching the solution if you need to do an upgrade.

Try using the terminal and do sudo update-manager / go to Software & Updates and enable notify for any new version!

And do this:

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

To directly do the upgrade then:

sudo apt install update-manager-core  
sudo do-release-upgrade

In case you were wondering if you could downgrade the update, then check here as he explains why downgrade is not recommended.

Also, there's also a way that you could clean install the older version of Ubuntu(although, why would you do that as some of your app data might be lost).

  • Might try installing 18.04 since it has some features that would be of use to me and might solve this issue. Also, it appears as though sudo do-release-update currently doesn't work (states that no new release was found). Seems as though it'll still be a few days until Ubuntu allows us to use this method to upgrade from 16.04 to 18.04. – HF1 Aug 2 '18 at 6:38
  • Refer to this link upgrading from Ubuntu section. You can upgrade to the latest version of Ubuntu. wiki.ubuntu.com/BionicBeaver/ReleaseNotes – sanjeev Aug 3 '18 at 8:53
  • @HF1 Is it Solved? – sanjeev Aug 20 '18 at 7:04

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