A few sessions ago, I had a total of 4 workspaces going, apps open in each, and three workspaces disappeared. Now when I log on, only the desktop appears; there are no icons for other workspaces showing on bottom panel far-right.
I checked Help, found topic "To Set the Number of Workspaces", and tried their suggested terminal entry to set mandatory number of workspaces = 4:
tyler9@tyler9-desktop:~$ gconftool-2 --direct \
> --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory \
> --type int \
> --set /apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces 4
I got this output:
(gconftool-2:3233): GConf-WARNING **: None of the resolved addresses are writable; saving configuration settings will not be possible
Error setting value: Unable to store a value at key '/apps/metacity/general/num_workspaces', as the configuration server has no writable databases. There are some common causes of this problem: 1) your configuration path file /etc/gconf/2/path doesn't contain any databases or wasn't found 2) somehow we mistakenly created two gconfd processes 3) your operating system is misconfigured so NFS file locking doesn't work in your home directory or 4) your NFS client machine crashed and didn't properly notify the server on reboot that file locks should be dropped. If you have two gconfd processes (or had two at the time the second was launched), logging out, killing all copies of gconfd, and logging back in may help. If you have stale locks, remove ~/.gconf*/*lock. Perhaps the problem is that you attempted to use GConf from two machines at once, and ORBit still has its default configuration that prevents remote CORBA connections - put "ORBIIOPIPv4=1" in /etc/orbitrc. As always, check the user.* syslog for details on problems gconfd encountered. There can only be one gconfd per home directory, and it must own a lockfile in ~/.gconfd and also lockfiles in individual storage locations such as ~/.gconf
Did I mess up the syntax of the terminal commands?
As a new user, I don't have the discernment to interpret the above to determine correct action. And I don't want to start removing or killing things without checking first!
Suggestions? Thank you.