I use remote desktop connection & XRDP to remote to my Ubuntu 14.04 VM which is running Xfce.
I can start any program from the Application Menu (diffuse, meld, gedit) but when I try to run those same programs from the terminal, the GUI never appears.
So for example, if I run
meld --version or
chromium-browser everything is fine, but if I run
meld the GUI never appears. No output on the console either.
I can run some GUIs from command line -
chromium-browser but firefox generates a bunch of Glib errors.
echo $DISPLAYdoes it return anything?
ps aux | grep geditafter trying to launch it from command line does anything get returned? Just to confirm that it crashed/failed to start rather than not displaying properly.