Bug 17959 - Control center does not detect that sawfish is running.
Summary: Control center does not detect that sawfish is running.
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: control-center (Show other bugs)
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Jonathan Blandford
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Reported: 2000-09-30 15:59 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2013-04-02 04:14 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-27 02:32:39 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2000-09-30 15:59:21 UTC
When running the default gnome setup that comes with RedHat 7.0, I can open
the Gnome Control Center, but when I select any of the configuration
categories connected to the Sawfish tree, the right side of the window just
displays "[Sawfish isn't running]".  A quick check with ps shows that
sawfish is indeed running and is my window manager.  Additionally, if I use
the middle button on the root window to pop up the Sawfish menu, selecting
"Focus" in the "Customize" menu does not do anything.

Comment 1 Rick Richardson 2000-10-23 17:45:37 UTC
I have this problem on a machine with a fresh install of 7.0.
I do not have this problem on a machine that did an upgrade install of 7.0
Don't know if that helps any, but thats the situation here.

Is there any workaround available?  How does the control center
detect if sawfish is running.

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2000-10-27 02:32:37 UTC
This problem only occurs on initial setup.  If you choose a different window
manager and run it, you can then choose sawfish and it will be recognized.

Comment 3 Elliot Lee 2001-01-31 23:55:13 UTC
Can't reproduce either problem with 7.0, worksforme

Comment 4 Rick Richardson 2001-03-18 11:24:28 UTC
Argh!  My home machine which had been working fine with Sawfish for several
months and which did not exhibit this problem (like my work machine does), is
now doing this as well.

There is most definitely a problem in this area, and if you do a google search
you'll see that other people are reporting this problem as well.

The only known workaround that I have been able to find is to switch to


Comment 5 Jim Collins 2001-08-15 22:18:20 UTC
Folks who are seeing this should check that/tmp/.sawmill-<their username> and
/tmp/.sawmill-<their username>/<host>:<display> are owned by <their username>
and have perms 700.

I started seeing "sawfish is not running" in gnomecc after changing UID and
starting X with the "-nolisten tcp" flag. With strace I observed gnomecc attempt
to open local socket using /tmp/.sawmill-<username>/<host>:<display> which fails
due to perms/ownership of /tmp/.sawmill-<username>. It then tried PF_INET socket
to port 6000 which fails because X is not listening (starting X with -nolisten

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