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Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby doraimom » 2010-12-21 14:32

Hi.
I don`t know what kind of combination of keys I pressed, but the title bar of all windows in my Gnome vanished.
Trying to fix it, I unmarked the option "show menu bar" in one of my windows. Then, I realised I couldn`t put it back either.
It`s kind of frustating be stuck in such a small problem, but Gnome isn`t offering me any easy way to put these things back in place.
Can anyone help me, maybe with a keyboard combination of keys that recovers all of this?

I tried to follow some strange tutorials I found in the internet asking me to delete gnome configuration files from my home.
I did it, it recovered Gnome windows default, but the menus are still gone. It just erased my customizations (colors, window color, bar size, etc.)
thanks for the help.
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby cynwulf » 2010-12-21 16:37

Have you been trying to install compiz?

What happens if you do this from a terminal

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metacity --replace &
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby doraimom » 2010-12-21 18:00

I was using compiz. It may be some shortcut I typed and that made compiz eat the title bar of my windows.
I tried to deactivate compiz and see if the windows would get back in place, but nothing changed.

I can't type what you asked now. I decided to install windows 7 in my PC, and then run Debian inside it with virtualbox. I was going to do exactly the oposite, run windows inside Debian, but problems like this for small stuff like window management make anyone change their minds about linux.
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby nadir » 2010-12-21 18:11

Bad choice. Very bad choice.
Going for dual-boot would be better (you can still use VirtualBox in each of them).

ccsm (aka compiz-configs-settings-manager) -> effects -> window-decoration

what cynwulf said.

mv ~/.config/compiz ~/Temp/compiz_bu

apt-get install fusion-icon
change it via click.

apt-get install "another window-manager or another environment"

And so on.
Tons of ways to solve it. Let's don't say solve, let's call it troubleshoot.
You could have learned a lot. And you still can.

Of course the problem does not exist in Windows. There is no compiz.
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby Kevin Seise » 2010-12-23 03:52

Before you do anything too hasty, open gconf-editor>/desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager That should say "compiz" or possible "gnome-wm". Either one without quotes. Obviously if you have uninstalled compiz, change it to gnome-wm. Log out and then log back in. Post back if it works.
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby cynwulf » 2010-12-23 08:30

doraimom wrote:I can't type what you asked now. I decided to install windows 7 in my PC, and then run Debian inside it with virtualbox.

Pretty pointless in my humble opinion, but if that's what floats your boat...
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby jheaton5 » 2010-12-23 14:20

It's pretty dumb to screw something up yourself and blame the OS. But it is pretty typical of windows fanboys.
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby cynwulf » 2010-12-23 14:34

jheaton5 wrote:It's pretty dumb to screw something up yourself and blame the OS. But it is pretty typical of windows fanboys.

Yep... I think the memorable quote from this thread is as follows:

doraimom wrote:I tried to follow some strange tutorials I found in the internet

That's usually just about where it all starts to go wrong...
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Re: Title bar and menu of windows in Gnome are gone

Postby Kevin Seise » 2010-12-23 15:12

cynwulf wrote:
doraimom wrote:I tried to follow some strange tutorials I found in the internet

That's usually just about where it all starts to go wrong...

That's part of the reason I am making the switch to Debian. All of the Ubuntu random posts count for one or two versions (6-12 months) and then may or may not work ever again.
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