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

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Sun Jan 15 09:26:15 UTC 2012

On sam., 2012-01-14 at 23:50 -0600, J J Nora wrote:
> Package: xfce4
> Version:
> 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
> one.
> 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
> occurred.
>    * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or
>      ineffective)?
> 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.

You have a missing window manager, which somehow felt outside of the
session. If you manage to find (in .xsession-errors or syslog or
whatever) the reason why, it might help, but in the meantime you just
have to run xfwm4 --daemon and remember to save the session.

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