[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#655949: xfce4: Application windows open on top of panels; no minimize, close, or other window buttons

J J Nora jnora at windstream.net
Sun Jan 15 05:50:12 UTC 2012

Package: xfce4
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,

I am running Debian wheezy/sid.  Xfce4 had been working flawlessly until I
updated my system with a new kernel requiring a system reboot.  After
rebooting, application windows would only open on top of my upper panel
(blocking the menu and portions of the panel).  The window cannot be moved or
dragged even with the alt-key left click option).  There are no minimize or
close window buttons (but I can close applications using keyboard
shortcuts such as Control-Q) and sometimes from the application's File menu.
When I try to use alt-F2 to launch an application, I can't type anything.  I
have four virtual desktops configured., but the desktop switcher only shows

I will attach two screen shots to this bug report.  The first (Desktop 1.png)
shows my xfce desktop with no open windows.  It is configured to look similar
to a GNOME 2 desktop.  The first (Desktop 1.png) shows the appearance of the
desktop when I first log in.  It appears mostly normal except that on the lower
right panel, the desktop switcher shows only one desktop is available even
though it's configured for four.  The second screen shot (Desktop 2.png) shows
what happens when I open a text editor.  The program opens and covers the upper
left panel.  The window cannot be moved or adjusted in any way.  There are not
close or minimize buttons.

   * What led up to the situation?

I upgraded my system on 12 January 2012.  After the upgrade, the problems

   * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or

I tried adjusting display settings.  I rebooted using the current kernel.  I
rebooted using the previous kernel version.

   * What was the outcome of this action?

Nothing fixed the problem.

   * What outcome did you expect instead?

I hoped to have my xfce desktop working as it was before my recent update.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.1.0-1-686-pae (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages xfce4 depends on:
ii  gtk2-engines-xfce  2.8.1-3
ii  orage              4.8.2-1
ii  thunar             1.2.3-2
ii  xfce4-appfinder    4.8.0-3
ii  xfce4-mixer        4.8.0-2
ii  xfce4-panel        4.8.6-1
ii  xfce4-session      4.8.2-3
ii  xfce4-settings     4.8.3-1
ii  xfce4-utils        4.8.3-1
ii  xfconf             4.8.1-1
ii  xfdesktop4         4.8.3-1
ii  xfwm4              4.8.3-1

Versions of packages xfce4 recommends:
ii  desktop-base      6.0.7
ii  tango-icon-theme  0.8.90-5
ii  thunar-volman     0.6.0-4+b1
ii  xfce4-notifyd     0.2.2-1
ii  xorg              1:7.6+10

Versions of packages xfce4 suggests:
pn  xfce4-goodies  <none>
pn  xfprint4       <none>

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