Setting default desktop on startup and a question about themes (and engines)

Richard Querin rfquerin at
Wed Jul 16 16:10:52 CEST 2008


I recently switched to Xfce on my Ubuntu Hardy box and I'm really happy with
it. Much more stable and much faster on my P4-3Ghz box. But I have one
annoying little problem and a more general question:

At first I had trouble getting xfwm4 to manage my desktop (it would always
yield to Metacity at some point), but I managed to get it working and I
unchecked the 'save session on logout' option. It now boots up under xfwm no
problem. However, it always starts up onto desktop 3. Even if I check the
box to save the session settings on logout and make sure I'm on desktop 1
when I log out, it still reboots into desktop 3. Is there some place where
this setting is stored? I checked the session file but there is no
indication in there about which desktop it starts up with. It's only an
annoyance, but one I'd like to fix.

Now a more general question.

Is there some place that explains how theming and the theme engines are
supposed to work? I've got most of the theme engines installed (dunno if
that's right) but whenever I install the Murrine theme engine, it overrides
the shape of buttons on all my themes, no matter what theme I'm choosing. I
can only fix this by uninstalling that specific theme engine and rebooting.

And if I uninstall the murrine theme engine, I get all sorts of errors about
missing the Murrine  module thingy when I start a GUI app from the terminal.
It doesn't seem to affect the behaviour, but it's a bit annoying to see
those messages all the time.

Should I have all the theme engines installed? Or should it matter? I like
to change themes once in a while, and I'm not sure which engines I need to
have installed.

Is there some source of good info on this subject. I realize it's not an
xfce question per se, but likely more of a general ubuntu or gtk question.

Thanks. RQ
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