HEADS UP: Workspace Switcher broken in 8.1

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at freebsd.org
Tue Jul 20 03:48:50 UTC 2010

Many people are reporting the Workspace Switcher widget is broken when
using FreeBSD 8.1.  That is, they only see one workspace, and others
cannot be added.

The problem appears to only occur when GNOME is installed from the 8.1
package set, and when GDM is used to login to GNOME.  The metacity
package appears to be bad.  Metacity does not exit properly when GDM
switches users from itself to the logged in user.  Therefore, the
metacity running is still owned by gdm.

The workaround is to run "metacity --replace &" from a terminal just
after logging in.  This will immediately restore the workspace switcher.
 The solution is to rebuild and reinstall x11-wm/metacity from ports.


Joe Marcus Clarke
FreeBSD GNOME Team	::	gnome at FreeBSD.org
FreeNode / #freebsd-gnome

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