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I have had a problem with (the latest versions of) several distributions (Debian, Linux MATE, Ubuntu), presumably all caused by the same thing. I think it is a problem which anyone who has had one Gnome distribution on their computer then installs a different one might come across.
I can fix it for a login session as follows:
Debian.....requires "metacity --replace &" in Startup Applications
For Ubuntu (which has gnome-session installed):
..Gnome Classic.....requires "metacity --replace &" in Startup Applications
..Unity.......................requires "compiz --replace &" in Startup Applications
..Unity 2D.................requires "metacity --replace &" in Startup Applications and still only half works
Mint-Cinnamon..........just works (not useable because it crashes frequently though)
Mint-MATE..........requires "metacity --replace &" in Startup Applications
I think there must be a startup file somewhere which is missing the command to start the appropriate window manager, but when I've posted on the forums for those distributions the only suggestions I have had are:
* to delete directories such as .config - I have deleted loads of directories without any effect.
* to backup, format the disk and replace my data - that is definitely much too drastic when probably all I need to do is to change one line in a configuration file.
Is there anyone around who understands Linux well enough to know how the window manager should be started?
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