I am using Xubuntu 12.04 with the xfce 4.10 ppa, and since updating xfce I can not disable the automatic session restore.

I have disabled the relevant options in 'Session and Startup', but it makes no differences and all my windows are still restored after login.

If I remove the content of .cache/sessions it works for the next reboot but after that the session will be restored again.

I thought about writing a script to delete it at startup, but I was wondering if there were any proper fixes to this issue.


  • Did you have a look at apps->gnome-session->options in gconf-editor whether its enabled there?
    – jobin
    Mar 9, 2014 at 10:34
  • not sure what you mean ? I am using xfce, where is this gnome-session ? Mar 9, 2014 at 17:57

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Since there are no other suggestions, here is a quick fix for anyone who comes across this thread :

emacs _path_/startup.sh

write in the file


rm -rf /home/_name_/.cache/sessions/*

make it executable

chmod +x _path_/startup.sh

go under 'Session and Startup' and add _path_/startup.sh to the applications automatically executed when xfce opens.


It is possible that you have stumbled on a bug related to the Action Buttons. For a discussion of a very similar issue reported recently see:

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