Lost Window Manager: 4.4.1

David Mohr damailings at mcbf.net
Mon Jun 23 01:17:36 CEST 2008

On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> wrote:
>   I've put Xubuntu on my wife's laptop. A couple of weeks ago the keyboard
> failed in a unique way. Yesterday the replacement keyboard came. I replaced
> the failed one, and the system booted properly. But, when the xfce-4.4.1
> desktop comes up, there is no window manager. And, I cannot create one from
> the GUI settings dialog, nor by typing xfce4-xfwm4 at the command line or
> the command dialog (alt-F2).

The correct command for the xfce window manager is xfwm4. For easier
debugging, I'd suggest that you use ALT-F2 to open up a terminal (i.e.
xterm), and then start xfwm4 & from there. If that still fails, you
will at least see why.


>   Applications can be opened from the panel or a menu, but each one is
> positioned at the upper left of the screen without the WM frame. There's
> only the single virtual desktop and only one application can be
> opened/accessed at a time.
>   When I invoke the settings dialog and select 'window manager', I'm told
> that there is none so it cannot be configured or tweaked. I don't get the
> expected dialog with options for selecting style.
>   Never having had this situation occur before I'm at a loss what to do.
> I've had the panel not come up several times since the release of the 4.x
> series, but not naked windows. BTW, I just upgraded to xubuntu-8.04 from
> -7.10.
>   What do you suggest I do?
> Rich
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