Surreal GNOME Problem

By MYOB ยท 6 replies
Nov 18, 2004
  1. I'm running Debian Sid here, with GNOME 2.8 from experimental. When I start GNOME (through KDM/GDM/XDM/Whatever), I get the splashscreen, then a gnome-terminal. I eventually figured out I had to start metacity manually from this terminal. If I do that, GNOME eventually starts up, 3 to 4 minutes later, and I can kill the terminal - metacity stays running.

    Is there any way around this?
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    In true Gnome way there is a wrapper inside a wrapper inside a wrapper to run the window manager and any of these can be broken..

    First thing you should try is to run the Gnome configuration editor and check under
    /desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager/default entry to see what window manager it is set to run by default.
  3. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    Default is blank, current is /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper

    Which explains why it launches Terminal at startup then...

    However, gconf-editor doesn't want to let me set a default or change the current one as a normal user, and as root they're both blank.
  4. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    By "doesn't let me", I mean it acts as if they're saved but if I reopen gconf-editor, they're not.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Take a look in /etc/gconf/2/paths file

    This lists the places gconf configurations are loaded from. From these you can check/change default configurations. You ought to have some "readwrite" locations there where lamers could write their settings.
  6. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 492

    Tried changing the settings manually in $HOME./gconf/desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager - this time a change to default holds but current changes back to gnome-terminal.wrapper as soon a gconfd-2 restarts

    On running gnome-session from a safemode xterm, I get the error "WARNING: No window manager could be found". This is an error from the gnome-wm script I think. On checking that, the script variable DEFWM wasn't set. Setting this by hand to /usr/bin/metacity had the same result - nothing, except the addition of a warning from a crashing gconfd-2...

    I can hear XFCE4 calling me in the distance at this stage... I want a GTK2 DE, but GNOME seems to be a total *****
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I think the word "experimental" says it all..

    Check from which configuration file that terminal wrapper is taken from and then manually edit it to be the metacity exacutable.
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