Where’s My Window Manager ?!
A recent update of packages on my home linux system, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, resulted in no window manager starting. Since its my home sytem I do not track what sort of updates I apply. Generally I just fire up :
Then I sit back and let it do its thing. But this time it went wrong. Windows but no window manager. Not a problem, open a terminal and manually run “gnome-wm” and presto life was good again. But who wants to do it that way.
My ultimate resolution was to go to system->preferences->startup and add gnome-wm to the programs that auto start. I’m sure this isn’t the root cause. It was previously starting somewhere else and there is a reason it quit. But in the cosmic scheme of life this works, I may never know why but so long as it works I may never care to know why.