[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#632404: Bug#632404: xfwm4: no longer starts after xfce4 upgrade; possible interaction with gnome-terminal?

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Sat Jul 2 08:25:23 UTC 2011

On sam., 2011-07-02 at 03:09 +0100, cfr wrote:
> Since recent upgrade of xfce4 etc. to 4.8.1, xfwm4 no longer starts on
> login even though it is set to start "immediately" in the session
> settings preferences.

It'd be nice to know if xfwm4 is indeed part of the session or not (when
logged out, see in .cache/session/xfce4-session-$HOST:0). If it's not,
then it was dropped out of the session and it's interesting to see why
(like, why it crashed when saving the session or something). If it is,
then that means it crashes at logging and it's interesting to see why it
crashes as well. In both cases a backtrace with debugging symbols would
> When it does start, I think it may be interacting oddly with
> gnome-terminal. I filed a bug against gnome-terminal thinking it was
> that but now I'm not so sure. All windows for gnome-terminal shrink to
> almost nothing - just one or two spaces in additon to the prompt text.
> They mostly shrink upwards and then leftwards. Sometimes resizing them
> works for only a second before it repeats. Clicks from primary mouse
> button are ignored. Close buttons in preferences dialogues cannot be
> selected by mouse (works in "about" dialogue). This doesn't seem to
> affect other windows, so I assumed it was the update of gnome-terminal
> but because I'm seeing terminal windows start with no window manager,
> it is clear the resizing oddness occurs when xfwm4 is started. 
> Until recent updates of xfce4 to 4.8.1 etc. and gnome-terminal to
> 3.0.1, everything worked more-or-less beautifully. So although I'm
> very, very new to linux, I don't think this is (simple) user error
> which I would normally assume!

Well, this does indeed look like a gnome-terminal problem.

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