How to permanently disable the "save session" feature in Xubuntu?

I’m running Xubuntu 13.10 with xfce4-panel 4.10.1 and my sessions keeps getting saved involuntarily. I’m well aware that this is a bug so I’d like to ask if anyone knows a workaround to permanently disable/delete this feature (by removing/editing some files maybe)?

I’ve spent hours searching and tried a lot of the methods already but none of them worked, or at least were not permanent. Some of the stuff I’ve tried:

How can I turn off Xfce session saving system-wide?

(This basically just removed the tick-box in the logout prompt)

Xubuntu reopens last session applications even though it shouldn't

(Deleting the cached sessions was not a permanent solution)

I would greatly appreciate your help!

My temorarily solution:
I created a simple bash script and placed an
application launcher (which runs the script when pressed) on my task
panel. The script will delete the “~/.cache/sessions” directory and
promt log out.

The script can be found here: http://pastebin.com/aqx483pn

Basically this will be the button which you use to logout/reboot/shutdown.

Update: This only occurs if you added “restart” to the listing, in your “Action Button” (the button with your username written on). If you restart using log out -> restart it should reboot normally and not save your session. Thus, the temporarily solution above is not necessary, I will leave it there as a reference.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

The solution is two-step.

  1. Disable Automatically save sessions on logout in Settings > Sessions > General > Logout Settings. Also make sure that you disable Save session for future logins in the Logout prompt (the window that pops when you actually try to logout).

    See:

  2. You need to log out, delete the contents of ~/.cache/sessions, then log into a clean session. (You can also delete your current session via Settings > Sessions > Session > Clear Saved Sessions.)

    See:

Solution 2

Delete existing sessions:

$ rm .cache/session/*

Make directory read-only:

$ chmod -w .cache/session

You can enable session-saving by granting Write right on the directory:

$ chmod +w .cache/session

(Tested with Xubuntu 14.04)

Solution 3

I’m sorry if it isn’t answer, but I can’t comment.

I have had same problem with that bug. And I “resolved” it by using “delete part” of your script:

#!/bin/bash

#edit.1: It will be launched by root, so we have to use full path here.
DIR=/home/USERFOLDER/.cache/sessions/

delete_sessions(){
    # Deletes whatever is in DIR
    rm -r -- "$DIR"
}

is_directory(){
    if [ -d "$DIR" ]; then
        delete_sessions
    else 
        echo "wtf man, it's not there?!"
    fi
}

is_directory 

I execute this-way modified script on reboot and shutdown.

This can be set-up according to instructions on site:
http://en.kioskea.net/faq/3348-ubuntu-executing-a-script-at-startup-and-shutdown

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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