Bug 82107 - gnome-theme-manager crashes
Summary: gnome-theme-manager crashes
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: control-center
Version: 1.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jonathan Blandford
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On:
Blocks: 79578
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-17 16:38 UTC by Nathan G. Grennan
Modified: 2013-04-02 04:17 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-01-21 20:34:30 UTC

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Description Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-17 16:38:52 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.7 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20021216

Description of problem:
If using sawfish as the window manager instead of metacity gnome-theme-manager
crashes on startup. It does this with control-center-2.1.6-2 and
control-center-2.1.3-1 that came with Phoebe. I would expect it to handle lack
of metacity gracefully.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run killall -9 metacity ; sawfish
2. run gnome-theme-manager


Actual Results:  gnome-theme-manager crashes

Expected Results:  gnome-theme-manager to load either grey out the window
manager theme tab, give a warning, or integrate with sawfish as it does with

Additional info:

Comment 1 Need Real Name 2003-01-19 16:11:44 UTC
You can select what window manager to use from .xsession by using
"export WINDOW_MANAGER=sawfish" (or metacity, or whatever you want).
It puzzled me as well at first when suddenly it seemed I was stuck
with metacity (without decent themes) instead of sawfish, until I
figured out that it's the /usr/bin/gnome-wm script that actually
starts the window manager. When I use the above way of selecting
the window manager and then starting "gnome-session &", the theme
manager works okay (except for some irrelevant warnings about FAM
and a metacity theme).

Comment 2 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-19 18:07:20 UTC
I tried as you suggested and it hasn't helped.

I made ~/.Xclients and it has these contents:



/usr/bin/gnome-wm &
exec /usr/bin/gnome-session

gnome-theme-manager still crashes. I think the crash is slightly different with
the newer version of control-center. It used to come up half way and then crash,
now it crashes instantly. It doesn't crash with metacity.

gnome-wm which uses WINDOW_MANAGER is really meant for running Gnome without
session management.

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2003-01-20 08:38:41 UTC
What I meant is that you start gnome-session without starting gnome-wm first. At
least, that works for me. Also, I have those lines in ~/.xsession, not
~/.Xclients. I don't know if that should make a difference.
These are the relevant lines from my ~/.xsession:
export WINDOW_MANAGER=sawfish
gnome-session &
wait $WM_PID

Comment 4 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-20 09:02:57 UTC
I just tried exactly what you suggested and I ended up no window manager. I
think tried gnome-theme-manager after running sawfish, it crashed.

I am running Phoebe beta.

Comment 5 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-20 13:53:16 UTC
Just fresh installed phoebe2, now gnome-theme-manager crashes even with metacity.

Comment 6 Need Real Name 2003-01-20 15:32:11 UTC
You need to select the 'Default' session in gdm instead of the 'GNOME' one to
have it run ~/.xsession (or ~/.Xclients; it uses that as fallback when
~/.xsession doesn't exist) from /etx/X11/xdm/Xsession. If you choose the 'GNOME'
session, /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession will run gnome-session itself directly, without

Comment 7 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-20 15:52:06 UTC
Tried what you suggested, got no window manager again.

Comment 8 Jonathan Blandford 2003-01-21 20:34:30 UTC
The theme manager no longer crashes when sawfish is present, but doesn't really
support it.  Moving upstream to gnome.org.

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