View Full Version : [xubuntu] WIndows manager not working, no title bars, no window buttons

December 12th, 2010, 05:36 PM
Today upon booting my Xubuntu 9.04, I see that all new windows I open have their title bar missing and on top of my pannel menu. If I try to run windows manager from the menu, nothing shows up on the screen. Therefore I think my windows manager is not running at all.

I have no graphic effects and dont want any.

I noticed that nothing shows up on the task bar (bottom bar) when I have anything opened up in the desktop. Can't minimize, can't click close button, ... This is very annoying

How do I fix this ?

I followed a thread to install Compiz and emerald just so I could get it to work but I do not like this option. I do not want any special effects. The more effects/options I have the more possible problems I may get.

By the way I also have this problem on my office Ubuntu 10.04. Both started having this problem recently. I suspect it is an update that was done that is causing this.

January 5th, 2011, 10:47 PM
Assuming metacity is your window manager use Alt+F2 and type in
metacity --replace

This has happened to me a few times, I couldn't tell you what causes it but this command re-initializes metacity and all is good.


EDIT: Your signature says that you're using Xubuntu, so xfce is the windows manager, use
xfce4 --replace instead

January 6th, 2011, 03:55 AM
This is also sometimes caused by faulty graphics drivers.

I have Compiz installed and when my nVidia driver kicked the bucket, Compiz actively refused to load any window controls and even removing Compiz failed to work so I was forced to navigate my computer with half functioning keyboard shortcuts to open terminal and reinstall old drivers...

I know you said you don't use Compiz or other enhancements but my issue persisted in Gnome after I both turned off and removed Compiz

February 22nd, 2013, 09:22 AM
Great! worked for me in xubuntu 12.04

Assuming metacity is your window manager use Alt+F2 and type in
metacity --replace

February 22nd, 2013, 07:08 PM
Old thread closed.