Gnome won't start Sawfish
michael at spratt.com
Sun Nov 12 23:32:18 PST 2000
I don't know what happened. Everything was working fine, then I
rebooted and sawfish wouldn't start. I wasn't even messing with gnome
or sawfish either, at least not that I can recall.
Here's what I did before it broke down:
Installed a new kernel
I don't know if that had any real relevance, but I figure I'd cover all
the bases. I did all that from within Gnome/Sawfish. After I rebooted
with the new kernel, gnome warned me that I wasn't using a gnome
compliant window manager. In fact, no window manager had been started.
I was able to run the control panel, so from there I switched to window
maker. Then I switched back to sawfish (it was selected as the default),
and everything was as it should have been. To test it out, I saved,
logged out, and ran startx again. Gnome again didn't start sawfish, or
I looked at the config files and everything seems to be ok.
I set the WINDOW_MANAGER environment variable to sawfish, but that
didn't work either. The gnome-wm script used to take a while to load,
but I don't see it any more on the gnome startup graphic. There aren't
any warnings or errors put out to the terminal either.
And one other thing. Sawfish still works. I set it to be my window
manager, and it loaded just fine. I tried putting both sawfish and
gnome-session into .xinitrc, but that doesn't behave quite the same.
On a conspiracy note, I had finished compiling and installing KDE 2.0,
but hadn't used it yet. (It took me a while to figure out I needed
startkde instead of kwm.) So now I'm using KDE. It's nice, but
programs seem to crash often. (That might be my fault.)
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