Although I have been using fvwm as a window manager under gnome for years (and much appreciating its excellent attributes), suddenly two days ago (perhaps after altering some permissions in /tmp, trying to get k3b to work properly, and maybe upgrading about four or five packages) I found an odd problem when trying to start fvwm in a running gnome-session.
I am using Fedora 7, with the fvwm-2.5.21-4.fc7.1 package that came with it (wow was I surprised to see fedora now ships fvwm). When I installed F7 about a month ago everything worked smoothly; all I had to do was to give the "fvwm -s 0 --replace" command and since I had created $HOME/.fvwm with my config file in it, everything worked, metacity was replaced by fvwm and I was swimming again. Sessions are saved, and subsequent logins start the gnome-session with fvwm as the window manager, just as advertised. Right now, however, the fvwm session has ceased to work; windows (like xterm or gnome-terminal) are sans title bars and unusable, the FvwmButtons panel flashes on and then disappears, the gnome panels are gone, and about all I can do from such a state is to hit CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE to get back to my login screen. However there are ways some things do (or do not) work: 1. If I delete $HOME/.fvwm (so my config file is gone) then fvwm starts under the gnome-session, although it complains about not being able to find a config (or .fvwm2rc) file. (What does fvwm use for a config in that case? I have no idea.) Of course then I get crummy titlebars (even over the gnome panels) etc., which I have no idea how to fix. 2. I don't think my config file is at fault, however, since if I replace my config file with, say, system.fvwm2rc, or system.fvwm2rc-sample-1 (samples that are in the fvwm source distro) it also does NOT work. 3. I can log on with bare fvwm (no gnome) and that works, and then I can start a gnome-session after fvwm is working (with my config). As long as I don't kill the window from which I started gnome-session I have a usable system. Since I don't want the gnome desktop to act as a barrier to my root window I do the following: (a) In System-->Preferences-->Personal-->Sessions change the nautilus from "restart" to "normal" and apply; (b) issue the command "pkill bonobo"; (c) issue the command "killall nautilus; sleep 2; nautilus --no-desktop &" (Maybe there are other ways to accomplish this, but the above works for me.) But I would like to be able to run fvwm under gnome-session and not the other way around. Does anyone have any idea what might be happening? Is this an EWMH issue? What could have possibly changed in my system to have caused this problem? What should I try? Has anyone else experienced this behavior? -- Peter