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rabiticide 11-18-2011 12:58 PM

Xubuntu windows not acting right
My windows on my Xubuntu are not acting right. The minimize/maximize/close buttons are not there at the top right. I still have the "File Edit..." etc but I can't grab and move the window. Under the menu Settings -> Window Manager nothing happens which makes me think the Window Manager is dead or sick.

I reinstalled a scattershot of XFCE packages but the problem is still there. I didn't make any recent changes to anything close to these settings so....

What packages can I reinstall? or where can I look to see what controls my window behavior?

MTK358 11-18-2011 01:40 PM

Do you have xfwm4 installed?

rabiticide 11-18-2011 01:57 PM

Yes, I'm pretty sure I do. I just installed the freshest Xubuntu about 3 weeks ago and it has worked fine until this morning.

MTK358 11-18-2011 02:01 PM

Try entering "xfwm4" in a terminal.

rabiticide 11-18-2011 02:18 PM

I get:

(xfwm:5420): gtk warning** cannot open display;

but I was in another terminal (ctrl-alt-f4). I will try it here but I have to close the browser... I can only have one window open at a time right now!!!

rabiticide 11-18-2011 02:19 PM

"warning - another window manager is already running"

when typed here in tty7

rabiticide 11-18-2011 02:22 PM

I did it. I typed:

xfwm4 --replace

and everything is working. But did that just replace for this session? I'd like it to work all the time,of course,so I am going to log out/in and see if that still works. What did that do?

rabiticide 11-18-2011 02:39 PM

Okay, it still works after re-booting.

Just for my own education,what did that do to type xfwm4 --replace?

MTK358 11-18-2011 02:49 PM


Originally Posted by rabiticide (Post 4527812)
Just for my own education,what did that do to type xfwm4 --replace?

It stopped the existing window manager (I have no idea what it could have been, since you say you had no window borders) and started xfwm4 (Xfce's window manager).

peter_dtm 12-02-2012 03:08 PM

thank you
not only did I not have windows controls but I also had only one desktop; and any system window was 'always on top'

I had been poking around with the various systme setting control applications before it all went west

good fix - thanks

peter_dtm 12-02-2012 05:56 PM


no does not survive either re-boot or log off/on

re-installed xubuntu and still does this - no windows controls after a re-start unless xfwm4 --replace is issued as a command

it does NOT complete

ctrl - c and the windows go back to no controls

kill the window (file- quit) and all remains good until next re-boot

these are the errors if I issue xfwm4 --replace as root and ctrl-c so I can copy the text ! :

pete@pete-desktop:~$ sudo xfwm4 --replace
[sudo] password for pete:

(xfwm4:5103): GLib-WARNING **: (/build/buildd/glib2.0-2.32.3/./glib/gerror.c:390):g_error_new_valist: runtime check failed: (domain != 0)

(xfwm4:5103): xfwm4-WARNING **: Failed to connect to session manager: Failed to connect to the session manager: SESSION_MANAGER environment variable not defined
^Cg_dbus_connection_real_closed: Remote peer vanished with error: Underlying GIOStream returned 0 bytes on an async read (g-io-error-quark, 0). Exiting.

peter_dtm 12-03-2012 06:07 PM

this has the final bit


Originally Posted by titopoquito (Post 2814327)
Remove/clear the cache folder in your home directory:

rm -r ~/.cache

bingo ! not only do I get my windows back but skype behaves again (it had decided to always open instead of opening to task bar)

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