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    Exclamation openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    Please help!

    I booted as usual but now there are no frames around windows, just a single workspace and pointing on desktop I constantly get the "loading" spinning cursor.

    Here a screenshot:



    Maybe some update broke something?

    How can I revert / recover someway?

    Apps run fine (I'm writing this post in Firefox) but all appear in the top left corner with no title bar along with resize / close buttons.

    Thanks for your support

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    Could be a problem with xfwm4
    alt-F2 and run the command xfwm4 --replace
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    Are you running Compiz?

    Try changing xfwm4 setting (under Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks).
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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    Quote Originally Posted by conram View Post
    Could be a problem with xfwm4
    alt-F2 and run the command xfwm4 --replace
    Hey it worked!!!

    Also after reboot everything is back in order, thanks a lot!

    What did --replace do?

    I guess it went over some corrupted config...

    @sorbus: no Compiz, just plain XFCE, I want to keep it light, thanks anyway

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    Quote Originally Posted by neurino View Post
    Hey it worked!!!

    Also after reboot everything is back in order, thanks a lot!

    What did --replace do?

    I guess it went over some corrupted config...

    @sorbus: no Compiz, just plain XFCE, I want to keep it light, thanks anyway
    Try to open the terminal and run the command xfwm4 --help
    it will show some insight of what it does.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    it looks like xfwm4 crashed.
    xfwm4 --replace runs it again.

    Missing window borders is a common problem with compiz on desktops other than KDE and GNOME, that's why i asked.
    btw. compiz is no heavier than xfwm4 It has almost the same memory usage and way less cpu usage (gpu is used more, on the other hand).
    Desktop: Intel Q8300@3,3Ghz, 4GB RAM, Foxconn P35A, Sapphire HD5670, OpenSUSE x64
    Server: Via C3@1.4Ghz, 768MB RAM, 8GB Microdrive + OpenSuSE x86
    and other boxes running Windoze

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 XFCE desktop hangs

    Quote Originally Posted by sobrus View Post
    btw. compiz is no heavier than xfwm4 It has almost the same memory usage and way less cpu usage (gpu is used more, on the other hand).
    When I was using Opensuse 11.3 with Gnome I had Compiz enabled by default, with wobbler windows and desktop cube working otu of the box (I have a ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (rev 01) card, lspci says)

    Does this mean I could (probably) have it on XFCE just by installing it (like "sudo zypper install compiz" or whatever)?

    I found a post by you but I don't understand it properly...

    Also I guess I could always switch back to xfwm4 with --replace, right?

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