Gnome won't start Sawfish (fixed: sorta)

Conrad Christensen conrad.christensen at
Thu Nov 23 02:21:10 PST 2000

I ran into exactly the same thing.  If I delete ~/.gnome everyting works
fine for a few sessions.  Then suddenly (possibly save session triggers
this) sawfish fails to start up with a new session.  If I start it manually
it sorta works ok, but my gnome-pager malfunctions (lists gmc processes as
active tasks etc).  This feels like a session manager problem to me.

If I do a ps -aux on my LFS box with sawfish started manually I get :


in the process list.

on LFS when gnome started sawfish I get :

sawfish --sm-client-id=default2

And on my Redhat 6.2 with HelixCode

sawfish --sm-client-id 11ac110057000097186901500000154010031

Something is fishy here.


-----Original Message-----
From: lfs-apps-owner at
[mailto:lfs-apps-owner at]On Behalf Of Michael Spratt
Sent: den 20 november 2000 21:25
To: lfs-apps at
Subject: Re: Gnome won't start Sawfish (fixed: sorta)

Hi all,

  For those interested.  I managed to come up with a work around for gnome
and sawfish.  I think the gnome breaks down when you check "save session"
when you're shutting it down.  I reinstalled gnome and it worked well for a
while.  Then I checked "save session" and when I tried to start it again,
it wouldn't load sawfish.

  So here's my fix.  Under the gnome foot, select Run and run sawfish.
Then run "killall gmc".  gmc will respawn, and everything should be up and
running as usual.

  I've also come up with another (better) fix for this.  Using the Control
Center, find Startup Programs and add /usr/bin/sawfish to the list.  I gave
it a priority of 1, and everything starts up fine.

  One other thing.  Gnome takes about 30 to 45 seconds to load.  Is this
normal?  I'm also curious to know if anyone else ran into the sawfish

On 2000.11.13 01:32:18 -0600 Michael Spratt wrote:
> 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.

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