Window manager problems

Gilbert Sullivan whirly.gig at
Mon Sep 26 18:13:41 CEST 2011

On 09/26/2011 11:40 AM, Denny Dalessandro wrote:
> 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.

Heh. About the only rocking I do is in a rocking chair -- and I have to 
be danged careful about it because we have some long-tailed cats around 

Glad you got it fixed.


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