I usually save the session with the graphical app xfce4-session-settings (Session -> Save Session). Can this be also done from the command-line? How?

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    Looking at the source, the client appears to be in settings/session-editor.c . The part that saves seems to send a message through this: xfsm_manager_dbus_client_checkpoint(manager_dbus_proxy, "", &error) but it seems to also get asynchronous answers. Perhaps you can create a non graphical version from it? I mean a new program. – A.B Oct 29 '17 at 16:51
  • @A.B Thanks for the pointers, if there is no CLI command, I'll check it out. – tokland Oct 29 '17 at 17:12
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    More information on using dbus-send with the xfce4-session manager, including saving sessions, see this link: users.xfce.org/~kelnos/testing/xfsm-dbus-examples.txt. – guest123 Oct 29 '17 at 23:28

@guest123 pointed to this page. To sum it up, you have to run this:

$ dbus-send --session --dest=org.xfce.SessionManager --print-reply \
      /org/xfce/SessionManager org.xfce.Session.Manager.Checkpoint string:""

It works for me with Xfce 4.12.

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