Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

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Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby -iak- » 2017-10-25 12:32

Hi everyone.

I'm on Debian Buster with xfce. Whenever I login I see a grey screen that disappears only when the session has been fully loaded.

According to this page ( https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=10016 ) I should rebuild xfwm4 from git, in order to have it with MONITOR_ROOT_PIXMAP enabled.

I downloaded it from here, as suggested ( https://git.xfce.org/xfce/xfwm4/commit/?id=6caed779e627c368e2d3e578d1fad60cd7ef1d18 ), then I did this:

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sudo apt remove xfwm4


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sudo ./autogen.sh


but after installation is finished I read

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Preparing package directory /home/iak/.progs/xfwm4-6caed779e627c368e2d3e578d1fad60cd7ef1d18...
Running glib-gettextize --force --copy...
Copying file po/Makefile.in.in

Please add the files
  codeset.m4 gettext.m4 glibc21.m4 iconv.m4 isc-posix.m4 lcmessage.m4
  progtest.m4
from the /usr/share/aclocal directory to your autoconf macro directory
or directly to your aclocal.m4 file.
You will also need config.guess and config.sub, which you can get from
ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/config/.

Running intltoolize --automake --copy --force
Patching file 'po/Makefile.in.in'
Running libtoolize --force --copy...
libtoolize: putting auxiliary files in '.'.
libtoolize: copying file './ltmain.sh'
libtoolize: Consider adding 'AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIRS([m4])' to configure.ac,
libtoolize: and rerunning libtoolize and aclocal.
libtoolize: Consider adding '-I m4' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
Running aclocal   -I /usr/share/xfce4/dev-tools/m4macros -I /usr/share/xfce4/dev-tools/m4macros...
Running autoheader...
Running automake --force-missing --add-missing --copy --gnu...
Running autoconf...

Running /home/iak/.progs/xfwm4-6caed779e627c368e2d3e578d1fad60cd7ef1d18/configure --enable-maintainer-mode ...
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
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checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config
checking pkg-config is at least version 0.9.0... yes
checking for gtk+-2.0 >= 2.14.0... not found
*** The required package gtk+-2.0 was not found on your system.
*** Please install gtk+-2.0 (atleast version 2.14.0) or adjust
*** the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
*** installed the package in a nonstandard prefix so that
*** pkg-config is able to find it.


and when I reboot it looks like there's no compositor installed at all.

What am I doing wrong? Thanks a lot guys.
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Re: Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby stevepusser » 2017-10-25 16:42

Hmmm---running testing? How much experience do you have running Debian? (I'm just compiling data for a certain conjecture.)

Anyhow, if you read your output and look at the end, you can see your build failed for reasons explained in the output (missing build-dependencies). However, since your problem has a well known cause and an easy solution, I'd try that instead:

Problem and cause: Gray "flash" will only appear when the built-in xfce compositor is enabled.

Solution: Disable the xfce compositor and use compton instead. Use of compton-conf is suggested to configure compton.

Building and installing base parts of your desktop from raw source instead of using the Debian packaging system is tricky and full of pitfalls. I encourage learning how build modified packages correctly, but for your problem, there is an easier fix.
The MX Linux repositories: Backports galore! If we don't have something, just ask and we'll try--we like challenges. New packages: Krita 3.3.2.1, Pale Moon 27.6.0, Audacity 2.2.0, mpv 0.27.0, Corebird 1.7.1, Firefox 57.0, SMPlayer 17.11.2
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Re: Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby -iak- » 2017-10-26 19:02

Thank you stevepusser.

I've been using Xubuntu and Ubuntu studio for 2 years (if it counts as Debian usage) and Debian Stretch for 2 months. I switched to Buster because I need Kdenlive up to date.

I already know Compton and I used it several times, even for the gray flash problem with Stretch, but I find that it doesn't match perfectly with the whole DE.
There is always some little imperfection which is certainly unimportant, but rebuilding from source would also be a good chance for me to learn more.

EDIT:

The problem for me was that I thought that I should have installed a package named "gtk+-2.0", which obviously doesn't exist. I searched and I found out that I needed "libgtk2.0-dev". So I installed all the "-devs" that I needed, I compiled and installed and right now I'm rebooting.
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Re: Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby -iak- » 2017-10-26 19:05

Perfect, the gray flash is gone now, everything seems to work fine.

I've got a shorter black glimpse with a blue pixel on the high-left corner now :lol:

I appreciate suggestions, if it's not too much demanding for you, obviously.
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Re: Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby stevepusser » 2017-10-26 19:10

Well, let me see if it's possible to rebuild (backport) Buster's Kdenlive on Stretch. No doubt that would also be welcome in the Stretch-based MX 17 repo that we're building up; we will have a public beta very soon, though the alphas are also available to everyone if they know where to look--some non-developers are already playing with them.
The MX Linux repositories: Backports galore! If we don't have something, just ask and we'll try--we like challenges. New packages: Krita 3.3.2.1, Pale Moon 27.6.0, Audacity 2.2.0, mpv 0.27.0, Corebird 1.7.1, Firefox 57.0, SMPlayer 17.11.2
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Re: Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby -iak- » 2017-10-26 19:32

I think a repo like that is a great idea. Thanks for that. Maybe a good idea could also be adding this git version of xfwm4 in order to make it easier for noobs like me.

-iak- wrote:I've got a shorter black glimpse with a blue pixel on the high-left corner now :lol:

I appreciate suggestions, if it's not too much demanding for you, obviously.


Did it ever happen to you?
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Re: Gray screen on loading xfce session (xfwm4 suspected)

Postby stevepusser » 2017-10-26 20:43

-iak- wrote:I think a repo like that is a great idea. Thanks for that. Maybe a good idea could also be adding this git version of xfwm4 in order to make it easier for noobs like me.

-iak- wrote:I've got a shorter black glimpse with a blue pixel on the high-left corner now :lol:

I appreciate suggestions, if it's not too much demanding for you, obviously.


Did it ever happen to you?


No, but we aren't using that git version of wfwm4, either. MX Linux is a xfce distro, so we are of course interested in this type of problem if it happens to us. We can reproduce the gray screen with the xfce compositor, but the consensus is just to use Compton if it bothers you. We have a tweak tool that installs a custom compton configuration that may prevent the problems you had with it.

I just rebuilt Kdenlive from Buster on a generic Stretch base for MX 17 without any problems on my own laptop. I'll test to see if it installs. I also added it to my own multimedia repo on the openSUSE build service, but the 64-bit build setup appears to be broken and it's saying it can't find a build-depend that is in Stretch. Hope they fix it: https://build.opensuse.org/package/show ... t/kdenlive

But the MX 17 packages will be fully Stretch-compatible because I built them on pure Stretch libraries.
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