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Background stopped displaying

Postby MikeLieberman » 2020-09-03 06:59

I have been using Debian for years and am currently on Debian 10 / xfce -- and up-to-date with it.
For some reason, backgrounds all fail to display. No matter what background I chose, it won't display. My taskbar/panel displays. I have my icons. Everything else is still there and everything is working... except no background. I have tried other folders and other backgrounds. But no deal. This just happened out of the blue. I did a normal shutdown (I hadn't changed any settings) and when I started up the next time I didn't have the background.

It's hardly a crisis, but anyone have any suggestions?
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby Bloom » 2020-09-03 08:13

If you put the following commands into a script text file, make it executable and then execute it, what is the output?
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Screen=$(xrandr|grep " connected"|cut -f 1 -d " ")
BehangLI=$(xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -l|grep "screen0/monitor${Screen}/workspace1/last-image")
echo "Location: $BehangLI"
echo "Wallpaper: "$(xfconf-query --channel xfce4-desktop --property "$BehangLI")
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby MikeLieberman » 2020-09-03 08:47

I ran the script exactly as you gave it to me. Here's the reply:

Failed to init libxfconf: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken..
Location:
Failed to init libxfconf: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken..
Wallpaper:
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby Bloom » 2020-09-03 09:16

What to you get after executing this?
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apt policy libxfconf*
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby MikeLieberman » 2020-09-03 09:26

libxfconf-0-dev:
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 4.12.1-1
Version table:
4.12.1-1 500
500 http://deb.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 Packages
500 http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 Packages
libxfconf-0-2:
Installed: 4.12.1-1
Candidate: 4.12.1-1
Version table:
*** 4.12.1-1 500
500 http://deb.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 Packages
500 http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian buster/main amd64 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby cuckooflew » 2020-09-03 09:45

what happens if you try this, in a terminal,?
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xfdesktop & 
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby Bloom » 2020-09-03 09:48

The library seems to be correctly installed, but the fact that your error message says that it can't connect to the library, tells me that there is something wrong with it.
Try to re-install it:
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sudo apt reinstall libxfconf-0-2

If that re-installs without issue, can you now set a background? If you repeat the above given instructions, do they still give that connection error? If so, try logging off and back on. Then try setting a background again and then the instructions. If it keeps failing, show the latter output lines.

If xfdesktop wasn't running, you would have no working desktop icons.
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Re: Background stopped displaying

Postby MikeLieberman » 2020-09-03 10:09

Yes! The reinstall did it! Many, many thanks.
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