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#1 2012-08-12 12:45:44

rieuxtarrou
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Panel preferences are not saving

Hello everyone,

I posted this same query on Ubuntu Forums, and I was wondering if more specific advice would be available here.

The panel preferences for my xubuntu setup are not saving after I shutdown. The preferences default back to a random configuration that I setup much earlier.

My .xsession-errors log reports a failure to cleanup the configuration.

liblauncher-Message: launcher-11: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty
liblauncher-Message: launcher-10: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty
liblauncher-Message: launcher-20: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty
liblauncher-Message: launcher-5: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty
liblauncher-Message: launcher-19: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty
liblauncher-Message: launcher-3: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty
liblauncher-Message: launcher-8: Failed to cleanup the configuration: Error removing file: Directory not empty

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks!

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#2 2012-08-12 13:50:12

ToZ
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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

Hi. Out of curiosity, did creating a second account and changing the panel launchers work? If it did, you can try to reset your Xfce configuration by moving/renaming ~/.config/xfce4 and ~/.cache/sessions and logging back in to get the default (clean) configuration.

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#3 2012-08-12 15:30:23

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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

The panel preferences for the second account I created saved correctly. What do you think if I deleted the launcher folders, (the ones posted above), that are creating the errors? Would this badly damage my system?

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#4 2012-08-12 16:21:58

ToZ
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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

To reset just the panels, I believe you need to also delete the panel xml file. Try this series of commands:

xfce4-panel --exit
rm -R ~/.config/xfce4/panel
rm ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-panel.xml

...then Alt + F2 and:

 xfce4-panel

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#5 2012-08-12 16:26:51

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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

Am I in danger of seriously damaging my setup if I issue the above commands?

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#6 2012-08-12 19:20:10

ToZ
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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

Those commands will delete the existing xfce4-panel configurations and reset the panels to their defaults. So you will lose all of the configuration that you have done to the panels thus far. In a nutshell:
- stop the xfce4-panel process (the panels will disappear)
- delete the launcher directories
- delete the panel configuration file
- restart the xfce4-panel process (the panels will re-appear with default values - i.e. as it was the first time you started)

That is all those commands will do.

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#7 2012-08-13 15:36:49

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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

After removing the previous panel configurations, my desktop reverted back to the default xubuntu panel configuration--to be expected. It looks like any changes to this configuration do not save though, so it seems like the original issue I had continues.

Per your previous suggestion, what would be the process for resetting the configuration files--the step you suggested as a last result?

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#8 2012-08-13 17:54:19

ToZ
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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

Logout, go to the first tty (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and login there. Rename the following Xfce config directories (in case you need to restore or recover some information):

mv ~/.config/xfce4 ~/.config/xfce4.BAK
mv ~/.config/autostart ~/.config/autostart.BAK
mv ~/.config/menus ~/.config/menus.BAK
mv ~/.config/orage ~/.config/orage.BAK
mv ~/.config/Terminal ~/.config/Terminal.BAK
mv ~/.config/Thunar ~/.config/Thunar.BAK
mv ~/.cache/sessions ~/.cache/sessions.BAK

Then go back to tty7 (Ctrl+Alt+F7) and log in. The whole of Xubuntu's xfce4 implementation should be reset to defaults.

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#9 2012-08-30 14:37:27

rieuxtarrou
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Re: Panel preferences are not saving

Sorry it took so long to reply to your suggestion. Your fix worked perfectly! Thank you for the help. The xfce4 panel configurations are saving properly.

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