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Old 01-22-2011, 03:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy Problem after uninstalling Enlightnment - window borders not showing

I'm running a fresh Debian Squeeze install.
the thing is, i tried e17 today and didn't really liked it. So i uninstalled it and logged out. I selected GNOME from the login GUI and when i logged in, the window borders were gone. Tried a lot of stuff, edited the .xinitrc and .xsession (both were blank) and added "exec gnome-session" but the same thing happens. I still see the top and bottom bar and windows open normally, I just can't resize and move them and all the borders along with the minimize/maximize/close buttons are gone. I tried logging out, uninstalled all the gnome packets (241 total) from aptitude and reinstalled gnome (again, 241 packets), and still, no luck. Really wanted to avoid a new install, please help..

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Old 01-22-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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Just created a new account and everything works fine here. Are there any files i could copy to the other so it works?

Old 01-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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It appears that metacity isn't running when you start GNOME. When something like that happens to me (and it happens often enough, because I mess around a lot with my desktops), I open a folder on the desktop, navigate to /usr/bin, and double-click on my window manager of choice.
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thanks RockDoctor, after you told me i was actually using Metacity (lol) I used your advice and ran metacity from /usr/bin and it worked.

For the sake of completeness:
I also used gconf-editor to update the values in /desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager
- just added strings containing "metacity" (no ") to the fields "default" and "current".
and in /etc/X11/default-display-manager I added the full path to my display manager (the one you kindly provided - /usr/bin/metacity)

Thanks again RockDoctor!


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