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Old 01-14-2020, 12:48 PM   #1
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Bspwm - failed to connect to socket


I've been using bspwm for a while and really like it but I upgraded my Ubuntu installation from 16.04 to 18.04 and it started locking up my laptop. Literally the only thing that had any effect at all was holding in the power key until the computer did a hard power off.

So I did a re-install of a fresh Ubuntu 18.04 and that resolved the locking issue.

I then tried to install bspwm but it's not working, it starts but I can't do anything - none of he key bindings work.

I swapped to a different login terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F2) and checked bspwm and sxhkd are both running (yes) and then tried issuing a command through bspc.

I got an error message "Failed to connect to socket". The man page says the default is /tmp/bspwm_0_0-socket and it's kept in the environment variable BSPWM_SOCKET.

/tmp/bspwm_0_0-socket exists but the 'echo $BSPWM_SOCKET' is empty, so I set it BSPWM_SOCKET='/tmp/bspwm_0_0-socket' but that didn't solve the problem.

Any suggestions?


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