When trying to use clipboard: "Xfce Clipboard Manager is already running"

Error a:

Xcfe Clipboard Manager is already running
Could not start the Clipboard Manager Daemon because it is already running

he removed the clipman plugin to make it work but in my /etc/skel/.config/autostart/ i only have the plugin

something changed and now it doesnt show the error A on startup, instead it shows error A when I am trying to open clipboard manager. I press the first time and nothing shows up and nothing happens, the second time I press it it shows error A. Still a clipboard manager issue as it isnt showing.

edit: info
ls -l /etc/xdg/autostart | grep clipman gives:

drwxrwxrwt 8 root root 4096 Sep 12 10:31 xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop

ls -al /etc/xdg/autostart gives:

total 148
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Sep 12 10:38 .
drwxr-xr-x 10 root root 4096 Sep 10 17:39 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  292 Jul  9 21:48 at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 2002 Aug  7 22:28 baloo_file.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 2082 Aug  9 13:04 blueman.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  223 Apr  9 21:09 geoclue-demo-agent.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 8539 Mar 26 22:57 gnome-keyring-pkcs11.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 8066 Mar 26 22:57 gnome-keyring-secrets.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 6605 Mar 26 22:57 gnome-keyring-ssh.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 2591 Dec 21  2020 light-locker.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  117 Aug 10 19:19 msm_notifier.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 5826 Aug 17 16:40 nm-applet.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  169 Jun 11 17:07 pamac-tray-budgie.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  171 Jun 11 17:07 pamac-tray.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 5315 Jul 28 13:14 pulseaudio.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  115 Aug 31 15:55 snapshot-detect.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  224 Jul 27 17:46 snap-userd-autostart.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  219 Jul 28 20:21 xapp-sn-watcher.desktop
drwxrwxrwt  8 root root 4096 Sep 12 10:31 xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 4129 Jan 19  2021 xfce4-notes-autostart.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  149 Aug 31  2020 xfce4-notifyd.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 6122 Jun  3 04:38 xfce4-power-manager.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 4587 Jun  3 04:39 xfce-polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 4586 Jun  8 09:00 xfsettingsd.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  187 Oct  5  2019 xiccd.desktop
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 5946 Jun  3 04:39 xscreensaver.desktop

inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width gives:

  Kernel: 5.13.13-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
  parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.13-x86_64 
  root=UUID=4dabba46-d73a-4342-96f5-859c2418cd86 rw quiet apparmor=1 
  security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 
  Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.29 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm 4.16.1 vt: 7 
  dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
  Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: B460MDS3H v: N/A serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Gigabyte model: B460M DS3H v: x.x serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: F3 date: 05/27/2020 
  Message: No system battery data found. Is one present? 
  RAM: total: 15.56 GiB used: 1.52 GiB (9.8%) 
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
  Info: 6-Core model: Intel Core i5-10500 bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Comet Lake family: 6 model-id: A5 (165) stepping: 3 microcode: EA 
  cache: L2: 12 MiB bogomips: 74427 
  Speed: 800 MHz min/max: 800/4500 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 
  4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 9: 800 10: 801 11: 800 12: 800 
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_capabilities 
  arch_perfmon art avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush clflushopt cmov constant_tsc 
  cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts ept ept_ad erms est 
  f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht hwp hwp_act_window 
  hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs ibrs_enhanced ida intel_pt invpcid 
  invpcid_single lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe mpx msr mtrr 
  nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni 
  popcnt pse pse36 pts rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good sdbg sep smap smep smx ss 
  ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc 
  tsc_adjust tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic xgetbv1 xsave xsavec 
  xsaveopt xsaves xtopology xtpr 
  Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected 
  Type: mds status: Not affected 
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected 
  Type: spec_store_bypass 
  mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
  Type: spectre_v1 
  mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB filling 
  Type: srbds status: Not affected 
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP107 [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti] vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: nvidia v: 470.63.01 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 
  chip-ID: 10de:1c82 class-ID: 0300 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 compositor: xfwm4 v: 4.16.1 driver: 
  loaded: nvidia display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1 
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x286mm (20.0x11.3") 
  s-diag: 583mm (23") 
  Monitor-1: HDMI-0 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 94 size: 521x293mm (20.5x11.5") 
  diag: 598mm (23.5") 
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/PCIe/SSE2 
  v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 470.63.01 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel vendor: Gigabyte driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
  alternate: snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a3f0 
  class-ID: 0403 
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP107GL High Definition Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0fb9 
  class-ID: 0403 
  Device-3: Corsair CORSAIR HS60 HAPTIC Gaming Headset type: USB 
  driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-6:5 chip-ID: 1b1c:0a5f 
  class-ID: 0300 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.13.13-1-MANJARO running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes 
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.34 running: no 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: Gigabyte driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 4000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 
  chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200 
  IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global 
  broadcast: <filter> 
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link 
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8192EE PCIe Wireless Network Adapter driver: rtl8192ee 
  v: kernel port: 3000 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:818b class-ID: 0280 
  IF: wlp4s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  WAN IP: <filter> 
  Message: No bluetooth data found. 
  Message: No logical block device data found. 
  Message: No RAID data found. 
  Local Storage: total: 1.02 TiB used: 19.28 GiB (1.8%) 
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends 
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Gigabyte model: GP-GSTFS31120GNTD 
  size: 111.79 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 61.3 scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Seagate model: ST1000DM010-2EP102 
  size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s 
  type: HDD rpm: 7200 serial: <filter> rev: CC43 scheme: MBR 
  Message: No optical or floppy data found. 
  ID-1: / raw-size: 111.49 GiB size: 109.18 GiB (97.93%) 
  used: 19.28 GiB (17.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 label: N/A 
  uuid: 4dabba46-d73a-4342-96f5-859c2418cd86 
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%) 
  used: 288 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 label: NO_LABEL 
  uuid: 4D27-D28D 
  Alert: No swap data was found. 
  ID-1: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 931.51 GiB fs: ntfs label: DATA 
  uuid: 0C0E8D9D0E8D8086 
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 12 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-2: 1-3:2 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.1 speed: 480 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 05e3:0610 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 1-3.1:4 info: SINOWEALTH Wired Gaming Mouse type: Mouse,Keyboard 
  driver: glorious,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s power: 480mA 
  chip-ID: 258a:0036 class-ID: 0301 
  Device-2: 1-3.2:6 info: Holtek USB Keyboard type: Keyboard,HID 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 1.5 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 04d9:a01b class-ID: 0300 
  Device-3: 1-3.3:9 info: SHARKOON Mechanical Keyboard type: Keyboard 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s 
  power: 500mA chip-ID: 1ea7:0077 class-ID: 0301 
  Hub-3: 1-4:3 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 05e3:0610 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 1-4.3:10 info: Micro Star MSI Gaming Controller type: HID 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 1 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 1462:3fa4 class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter> 
  Device-2: 1-6:5 info: Corsair CORSAIR HS60 HAPTIC Gaming Headset 
  type: Audio,HID driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid interfaces: 4 
  rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s power: 500mA chip-ID: 1b1c:0a5f class-ID: 0300 
  Hub-4: 1-9:8 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 05e3:0608 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-5: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 8 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s 
  chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-6: 2-3:2 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.1 speed: 5 Gb/s 
  chip-ID: 05e3:0612 class-ID: 0900 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 27.8 C mobo: 16.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 32 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 35% 
  Processes: 275 Uptime: 2m wakeups: 0 Init: systemd v: 248 tool: systemctl 
  Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 12.0.1 Packages: pacman: 1222 lib: 339 
  flatpak: 0 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.8 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.06 

The output to cat /usr/share/applications/program.desktop is:

 cat: /usr/share/applications/program.desktop: No such file or directory

The output to ls ~/.config/autostart/ is:

LXinput-setup.desktop                    xfce4-tips-autostart.desktop
xcape.desktop                            xfce-panel-workaround.desktop
xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop   xfce-pbw.sh
xfce4-settings-helper-autostart.desktop  xfconf-migration-4.6.desktop

The output to ls /etc/xdg/autostart is:

at-spi-dbus-bus.desktop        pulseaudio.desktop
baloo_file.desktop             snapshot-detect.desktop
blueman.desktop                snap-userd-autostart.desktop
geoclue-demo-agent.desktop     xapp-sn-watcher.desktop
gnome-keyring-pkcs11.desktop   xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop
gnome-keyring-secrets.desktop  xfce4-notes-autostart.desktop
gnome-keyring-ssh.desktop      xfce4-notifyd.desktop
light-locker.desktop           xfce4-power-manager.desktop
msm_notifier.desktop           xfce-polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1.desktop
nm-applet.desktop              xfsettingsd.desktop
pamac-tray-budgie.desktop      xiccd.desktop
pamac-tray.desktop             xscreensaver.desktop
LXinput-setup.desktop                    xfce4-tips-autostart.desktop
xcape.desktop                            xfce-panel-workaround.desktop
xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop   xfce-pbw.sh
xfce4-settings-helper-autostart.desktop  xfconf-migration-4.6.desktop

The output to systemd-analyze critical-chain is:

The time when unit became active or started is printed after the "@" character.
The time the unit took to start is printed after the "+" character.
graphical.target @2.047s
└─multi-user.target @2.047s
  └─snapd.service @1.020s +1.026s
    └─basic.target @1.016s
      └─sockets.target @1.016s
        └─snapd.socket @1.016s +425us
          └─sysinit.target @1.014s
            └─ufw.service @1.006s +7ms
              └─systemd-sysctl.service @999ms +5ms
                └─systemd-modules-load.service @423ms +575ms
                  └─systemd-journald.socket @417ms
                    └─-.mount @406ms
                      └─-.slice @406ms
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Please note that I’m on KDE, so I’m using generic system knowledge to help you and cannot test things before I tell you to do them…

This looks suspicious to me:

  • Both in ~/.config/autostart/ and in /etc/xdg/autostart you are starting the
    So that could be why you’re seeing Check if they’re identical and if yes, remove the one in ~/.config/autostart/ because that’s your user’s one and the other one is the system one.

Some other observations on your system:

Please read this:

Especially the Linux has multiple kernels and decide for yourself if you want to stay on a Stable development kernel or if you want to go to a super-stable LTS kernel.

Please read this



uh oh, now the first time I click Clipboard Manager to run it it gives the Error A (first post), not when I startup, but when I try and run it.

You need an XFCE expert. @megavolt aren’t you on XFCE???


Well I am not really an XFCE expert, but if an error like this occur:

Then it is 100% run already by any trigger. Since I am not running XFCE anymore (I use DWM now), I cant test it, but check if it is also triggered by the Settings. I know it sounds to be weird, but it seems that the xfce autostart settings start clipman and also the custom autostart desktop file and that referred to this error.

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The response from ls /etc/xdg/autostart in post#1 is showing 2 items listed for xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop
2nd from bottom in left column and 5th from top in right column

Please post response to

ls -l /etc/xdg/autostart | grep clipman

I suggest you go to to Session and Startup settings Application Autostart tab – xfce4-session-settings
Check startup items for Clipboard Manager or clipman
If there is only one item shown, disable it, reboot system and check if Clipboard Manager is not running


Better :eyes: than mine: I missed that!

It was more a combination of strong :eyeglasses: and a good :coffee:

But also needed a suspension of the logic to notice 2 identical names in the same Linux folder that should not be possible :astonished:

is one maybe a symlink? :thinking:

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What @nikgnomic is trying to say is: Instead of an

Could you provide an:

ls -al /etc/xdg/autostart

as a response here? (keep the one in the existing post so we can compare)


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sorry for late response

I disabled the one Clipboard Manager in the Application Autostart tab and restarted. Like normal, it didnt error on startup (hasn’t errored on startup for a while) but, when I click Clipboard manager nothing happens, and on the second time I click it it gives Error A (the main already running error)

That’s actually normal: what are you actually trying to accomplish with starting the clipboard manager twice???


it doesnt start the first time…i press it and nothing happens

Please take a step back:

What are you trying to accomplish here? Don’t use technical terms like Clipboard Manager or clipboard but instead use:

  • I’m trying to have a history of different copy-pastes
  • I’m trying to copy-paste text, but it doesn’t work
  • I’m trying to :male_detective: on my grandmother through clipboard history :grin:


Please post response to this command to find out more about the 2 similar startup items

ls -la /etc/xdg/autostart | grep clipman
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im trying to view my clipboard history - in windows it was nice and easy to just type ctrl + v to see all my clipboard history and recopy the copied items - i want to be able to recopy the copied items again without having to recopy… if that makes sense :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

here is the ouput:

~ ls -la /etc/xdg/autostart | grep clipman
drwxrwxrwt  8 root root 4096 Sep 12 10:31 xfce4-clipman-plugin-autostart.desktop

And then there was one… no symlink :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

Please post response to this to double-check there is no duplication of launchers

ls /etc/xdg/autostart | grep clipman

thats the full output