Ubuntu – How to get the window frames back in Gnome Flashback


Sometimes I wonder if there's a conspiracy to kill Gnome Flashback because it feels like it's been constantly beset with problems since the emergence of both Gnome 3's new look and Unity.

As in a previously question, after an update, I couldn't log in, and and it turned out to be the fault of malformed packages.

Now, after another update, my windows don't have any decoration (no frame with the program title and the close, minimize and maximuze buttons). It's also made my iBus input switching no longer respond to my shortcut keys (which I'll address in a separate question if it persists).

How do I get my window decorations back?

And is Gnome Flashback being supported anymore? It just seems like it's slowly breaking.

Best Answer

It should probably be using gtk-window-decorator for decorations. If that isn't loading, perhaps Metacity (the wider window manager) hasn't loaded properly either.

I'd start by running metacity --replace in a run box, terminal or whatever you can get your hands on. If you need to use a TTY, remember to set export DISPLAY=:0 first.

If that works, it's a case of getting that to load on start. I'm afraid I've no idea what the start-up sequence is like on Flashback but if you have a Start Up applications, sticking a record in there for Metacity might work.

Whether or not it's maintained is a slightly more difficult question to answer. There certainly seem to be a number of people milling around it and there's a fair bit of detail on its wiki page. The mailing list also gets a fair amount of traffic. Yeah, I'd say it's alive.

But how fast they'll turn around any of these problems is anybody's bet. You might have more luck on an actual Gnome 2 fork rather than trying to emulate it with Gnome 3. MATE seems plenty active and it had a fairly solid base to grow off.

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