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    [SOLVED] no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    There are other problems too. The fresh install of kubuntu 8.04 gave me no icons in upper right corner to close, minimize or maximize, am unable to move the open field by moving the mouse pointer over the title bar. Actually there is no title bar. Can't resize open window by dragging boarder. Pointer must be on some open fields like login and terminal to input text.

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyhop View Post
    There are other problems too. The fresh install of kubuntu 8.04 gave me no icons in upper right corner to close, minimize or maximize, am unable to move the open field by moving the mouse pointer over the title bar. Actually there is no title bar. Can't resize open window by dragging boarder. Pointer must be on some open fields like login and terminal to input text.
    Code:
    sudo metacity --replace
    should sort you out.

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsoldier2003 View Post
    Code:
    sudo metacity --replace
    should sort you out.
    a) Metacity is unlikely to be present on a fresh install of Kubuntu

    b) A window manager should not be run as root.

    Code:
    kwin --replace
    would be a better choice.

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    GZ, FYI it was necessary to sudo to make the fix permanent. The command without sudo kept the problem corrected as long as the terminal was kept open. That shell in the terminal wouldn't return to the home prompt or execute commands. Opening a new shell would show the home prompt and run commands but as soon as the terminal was closed the gui problem would return.

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralZod View Post
    a) Metacity is unlikely to be present on a fresh install of Kubuntu

    b) A window manager should not be run as root.

    Code:
    kwin --replace
    would be a better choice.
    oops i had a gnome moment, but yes you must sudo when you replace the window manager or it doesn't work

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    My laptop suddenly lost these icons - after working correctly for 5 years.
    I think I accidentally deleted the "Applications Places System" from the Gnome title bar, and lost the window title bar as well.

    sudo metacity --replace :- worked OK for me,
    but sudo kwin --replace :- didn't work

    so I tried
    sudo which kwin
    sudo which metacity

    and got back
    /usr/bin/metacity

    so -always try :- which command
    to see if you have it installed

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    Well, kwin --replace wouldn't work for you, since you're using GNOME, not KDE.
    I do not use Ubuntu any more, nor have I ever used Gnome. Therefore, I tend to give advice that is distro- and DE-agnostic, which, while perhaps not the easiest way, will allow you to move freely between machines.

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyhop View Post
    GZ, FYI it was necessary to sudo to make the fix permanent. The command without sudo kept the problem corrected as long as the terminal was kept open. That shell in the terminal wouldn't return to the home prompt or execute commands. Opening a new shell would show the home prompt and run commands but as soon as the terminal was closed the gui problem would return.
    Try putt '&disown' at the end of the command. & puts it in to the background so you get the prompt back. disown means you can close the terminal without killing the process. I.e.
    Code:
    kwin --replace & disown

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    Permanent fix for this issue is here:

    1) Get into ~/.kde/env
    2) and edit the file kdewm.sh
    3) You find the following line

    KDEWM=compizmanager

    4) Remove compizmanager from it and save the file

    5) Logout and login back

    You should be good with it.

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    Re: no minimize maximize or close icons in upper right

    This hasn't been an issue with my Kubuntu desktop since upgrading to Intrepid.

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