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 Post subject: [SOLVED] window controls missing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:09 pm 
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Hi,

I'm new here, but not new to Peppermint. I used for a long time PO 3, and recently installed PO 4, but there trouble began:
There are no window controls, i.e. there is no frame to resize, no buttons for window management (usually top left), no titlebar, no top right controls. If there is a window without a menu item to close it, I'm stuck with it. I can't resize or move any window.
I checked the settings, but I'm not really sure where to look. There is Openbox, I then installed lxde, which seems to be connected in some way, but this step didn't chanfe a thing. I'm about to change the OS, but the thingy it's running on is an Asus Eee Netbook, for which lightweight OSes are hard to find.
So any suggestions will be appreciated, and if the solution is already around here, I apologize, I just didn't find it. A hint would be appreciated then.


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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:15 pm 
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Have you been messing around with either

a) other window managers ?

b) Compiz ?

c) themes ?

What happens if you open a run dialog (Alt+F2) and run:
Code:
xfwm4 --replace

?

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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:48 pm 
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Thanks for the quick reply.

I didn't mess with any of the things mentioned.

I can't open the run dialog (nothing happens when pressing Alt-F2), but run in the console it restores the window controls.
It also gives the follwoing error messages:
Code:
runtime check failed: (domain != 0)
Failed to connect to session manager: SESSION MANAGER environment variable not defined.


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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:39 pm 
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What's the output from:
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cat ~/.config/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf | grep window_manager

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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:59 am 
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The output is

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window_manager=openbox-peppermint


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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:20 pm 
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Ahh .. I'm going to guess you kept your home folder from the previous Peppermint 3 installation ?

run:
Code:
gedit ~/.config/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf

find the line that reads:-

window_manager=openbox-peppermint

and change it to:-

window_manager=xfwm4

SAVE the file, then log off/on (or reboot) to test

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If you want to know what that files contents "should" look like .. check out the system default copy at:-
/etc/xdg/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf

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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:16 am 
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It's so good to have people around who know what's to do. Thank you very much, it worked!
But I swear I didn't do anything during installation or afterwards that would warrant such behaviour of Peppermint. The problem occured right after installation, so there must be some problem with the installation routine.

How do I mark the thread as solved? Just changing the subject title?


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 Post subject: Re: window controls missing
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:38 am 
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DrMartinus wrote:
It's so good to have people around who know what's to do. Thank you very much, it worked!
But I swear I didn't do anything during installation or afterwards that would warrant such behaviour of Peppermint. The problem occured right after installation, so there must be some problem with the installation routine.

How do I mark the thread as solved? Just changing the subject title?


Yes, change the subject line of the first posting in this thread.

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 Post subject: Re: [SOLVED] window controls missing
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:47 am 
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I just noticed your first line in your solving post. Of course I kept the home folder, it would be a disaster if I wouldn't. I always separate home from the system, to keep the data that is sored in home. It's not so much on my netbook, but still it would be a disaster if I'd lose the data. But then such things can happen, I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: [SOLVED] window controls missing
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:28 am 
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You're most welcome :)

You must remember that your home folder contains a lot of hidden config files, whilst *most* of these configs will not cause a problem (indeed you *want* to keep some of them, such as web browser and email settings), if there are any MAJOR changes in the distro one or two of them might need tweaking.

In Peppermint 4 we switched window manager to xfwm4 which has a built in compositor (allowing desktop effects and things like dockbars to work better).

If you keep your home folder, any configs (for that user) will NOT be overwritten during the install, instead they'll be used.

Any new accounts you create will work perfectly as they'll be created with the Peppermint 4 configs.

in short .. keeping your home folder is a great idea, but occasionally it'll cause minor problems that'll need fixing .. particularly if their were any major changes between OS versions, or if switching distro.

Did that help explain what happened a little ?

BTW, thanks for marking the topic solved :)

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