I'm running ElementaryOS Loki since yesterday and I'm very pleased so far, there is just one annoyance that I couldn't figure out.

I get a new session (as in: no programs open and a completely empty desktop) when my laptop turns on the lock screen or when I close my laptop (stanby)

A few notes & specs:

  • In Ubuntu 16.04 (which I had before Loki) this didn't happen.
  • There is no error shown, just an empty desktop when I enter my password again.
  • I have the 64bit version and enabled home folder encryption.
  • My laptop is the Transformer Book T300 CHI with all upgrades (8GB ram, 128GB SSD and 2560x1440 resolution, Intel Core M)

Thanks in advance, can post any info when needed! :)

  • Can you post the part of your /var/log/syslog when this happens?
    – lemonslice
    Dec 12, 2016 at 18:26
  • Sure, I'll edit my answer when I can safely reproduce this (am now working xD)
    – user125756
    Dec 12, 2016 at 18:29
  • @lemonslice here is my syslog just after doing standby and waking up: pastebin.com/DYe4DJh7
    – user125756
    Dec 12, 2016 at 22:02
  • Thank you very much, that worked! Downside: I'm still with the ugly looking white reactangle for the login, even after reinstalling pantheon-greeter and deleted unity-greeter. Did you get pantheon-greeter back?
    – Eric G
    Jun 18, 2017 at 14:22

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Did a bit of research because nobody was really replying anymore, and came with a solution, but it's a hard workaround, at least it works, but if you have a better solution, I will accept that answer.

Not all steps have to be nessecary but I don't have the time to further check it out.

Here is what I did:

  • I removed pantheon-greeter and installed unity-greeter.
  • After reboot I reversed the process again
  • Then in settings I declared this new hotkey: enter image description here

Now I can lock and unlock!

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