starting xfce4 reboots machine

Joe Gain joe.gain at
Thu May 31 07:10:24 UTC 2012

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM, Waitman Gobble <gobble.wa at> wrote:
> On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 11:26 PM, Waitman Gobble <gobble.wa at>wrote:
>> On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Waitman Gobble <gobble.wa at>wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 28, 2012 at 7:42 AM, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:
>>>> On Sun, 27 May 2012, Waitman Gobble wrote:
>>>>  Hi,
>>>>> I've been running FreeBSD 10.0-CURRENT for some months, last time i
>>>>> rebuilt
>>>>> the system was April 20th. I've rebooted my machine many times and
>>>>> started
>>>>> X and Xfce4 without any trouble, however today I'm out of town on the
>>>>> road
>>>>> and when I startx my machine reboots. If I log in as root and startx i
>>>>> can
>>>>> run xorg without xfce4. but if i try startxfce4 the machine reboots. If
>>>>> I
>>>>> try to startx without xfce4 from my non-root account it locks up.
>>>>> It's pretty quick and nothing I can see in the logs...
>>>>> Anyone have any ideas about troubleshooting??? It seems like it's out of
>>>>> the blue with no changes to the system that I recall. :)
>>>> First, make sure you have cairo-1.10 instead of 1.12.  After that, run
>>>> pkg_libchk from sysutils/bsdadminscripts.  Rebuild anything that says it is
>>>> missing libxfce4-utils.
>>>> After that, well, I still see some unsteadiness from xfce-4.10. There's
>>>> a long delay on start, like a DNS timeout (but I have working DNS).
>>>>  Switching to console works, switching back usually does not, rebooting the
>>>> machine.  Leaving X and starting again reboots the machine.  These last two
>>>> could be due to the recent X upgrade, except I'm pretty sure they did not
>>>> happen until xfce-4.10.
>>> thanks. i'll check it out..
>>> Waitman
>> spending some time troubleshooting this. it's a weird harold, the machine
>> runs fine for days doing various things (but if i want X i have to log in
>> as root first and startx, otherwise instant reboot). I've noticed that if i
>> do a pkg_add the thing reboots, if i run SciTe editor it reboots. like snap
>> of a finger instantly.
>> I can do pkg_delete, i deleted cairo (but it claimed to be 1.10). i'll
>> have to re-add somehow, might have to build from source if it won't stop
>> rebooting :)
>> i'll try the pkg_libchk
>> Thanks,
>> Waitman
> this is kind of strange, ls -l /usr/local/lib | grep cairo - what's up with
> the zero-byte files.. i did do a pkg_delete but didn't expect to see this.
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Can't help with a solution.

I had a very similar problem. I'm following 9.0-STABLE (rev. 235976
ca. week old) using xfce and have a thinkpad laptop with intel
on-board graphics chip. My problems started when I updated the cairo
port, and at the time I couldn't really believe that cairo was the
cause of _the_ problem, because of the way X was crashing. What was
even more frustrating was that the Xorg log file was not revealing
anything other than "unknown error" and segfault. So, I didn't know
what to do for a while, and after spending a couple of days looking
for an answer, downgrading cairo fixed that issue.

Couple of days later the new xfce is also available, and I have had no
problems running it, on stable with downgraded (currently current
again*) cairo. Be sure to read UPDATING with respect to xfce4-utils

It would be interesting to hear from someone who knows what's going on
as this is the first major hiccup that I've had using freebsd.

Thanks, Joe

joe gain

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