I am using Xfce 4.8 on Ubuntu 12.04. Any choice of Desktop Environment starts Xfce. I don't get any Splash Screen nor Xfce session selector nor WiFi icon, neither the option to restart/shutdown.

Last night I closed the session normally and today I found many problems:

  • No matter whether I try to start session on Unity, GNOME, Gnome-Classic, MATE, etc, it always start Xfce. It doesn't even show the Xfce session selector nor the splash screen.

  • It doesn't start the freemeteo screenlet.

  • Orage starts up automatically.

  • WiFi icon is missing (but I'm connected to the net).

  • On the user menu, "Suspend" and "Shut Down" are greyed out.

  • "Logout" is enabled, but when I click on it, it gives me the following error:

    The name org.xfce.SessionManager was not provided by any .service files

EDIT: The last package I had installed before this started was xfce4-utils. I can't open Synaptic Package Manager to uninstall it or to find broken packages. Synaptic doesn't start.

I don't know what to do. I'm still new to Xfce. Any ideas?

1 Answer 1


It looks like you want to remove Xfce. Run the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --purge xfce4-utils

purge option causes apt to remove not only a package but also the saved settings.

Also try (but without purge):

sudo apt-get remove xfce

See this question Why removing the xfce4 package doesn't remove the XFCE desktop environment? for more details on how to do that.

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