My edit to .gtkrc-2.0 is causing xfwm4 to crash on startup each time. I've isolated the two lines in my file that are causing it to crash and can see no problem in syntax. They effect the icons properly, but I have to manually restart xfwm4 from a terminal.
Below is my .gtkrc-2.0 file:
#Commented lines cause xfwm4 to crash on startup.
XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 50
#base[NORMAL] = "#00111A"
base[SELECTED] = "#00111A"
#base[ACTIVE] = "#00111A"
fg[NORMAL] = "#CED8ED"
fg[SELECTED] = "#CED8ED"
fg[ACTIVE] = "#CED8ED"
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"