Window manager problems

Denny Dalessandro osulinux at
Mon Sep 26 17:40:42 CEST 2011

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM, Gilbert Sullivan
<whirly.gig at>wrote:

> On 09/26/2011 09:49 AM, Denny Dalessandro wrote:
>> Using Xfce 4.8.0 with Fedora 15. Everything was working fine an hour ago
>> and
>> for the past few months. Then I rebooted and it all went nuts.
>> When I log in I have no window borders, if I go into settings, the window
>> manager and window manager tweaks buttons bring up blank windows. I also
>> only see 1 workspace when there should be 4. Also noticed that when I
>> click
>> on the main menu button and move through the list of menus there is no
>> highlighting when there used to be.
>> I'm guessing something is making xfwm4 unhappy. There has to be some logs
>> or
>> something I can look at to figure out what is going on. The only thing
>> that
>> I can think of that I did different than what I've done a million times
>> before is I was messing with a windows VM and this "enter unity" thing
>> that
>> vmware player can do. Other than that business as usual.
>> My other window managers/desktops seem to be unaffected.
>> Any advice is greatly appreciated.
> It sounds to me as though xfwm4 just didn't start. Once-in-a-great-while I
> see that happen on my own systems. If the window manager dies just before or
> just as you're logging out, and the session gets saved. Then it doesn't
> start up again when you restart the system.
> If it's that, just run xfwm4 to get the window manager running, check to be
> sure everything looks okay, and then log out, making sure to save the
> session. When you log back on, everything should be all right.
Dude, you rock! That solved my problem.
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