I'm using Gnome.

I've discovered suddenly that I can't resize most windows. I hover over an edge or the lower right corner and the drag bar appears, but I'm not able to engage it. I tried turning off a lot of things I wasn't using in Compiz (which turned on ages ago, so why that would work I can't say) and now I can't even move windows around. The cursor behaves the way I'd expect but clicking and holding doesn't allow any movement.

It is obviously a little exasperating, and I'm wondering how to go about troubleshooting this.

Update: Compiz is definitely the issue. If I do metacity --replace I get a functional, no frills, X Window Manager. If I try to restore Compiz (compiz --replace) the problems come right back with it.

  • Can you click and drag in other places? (e.g. selecting text?) – Nicholas Knight Jul 15 '11 at 14:38
  • @Nicholas Knight ... Yup. The only issue seems to be moving and resizing windows. – Amanda Jul 15 '11 at 16:27

Restoring Compiz defaults in CompizConfig Settings Manager did the trick (it is in the preferences tab)

That doesn't explain how everything got stuck in the first place, but it did get it unstuck. The other thing that worked was metacity --replace though that left me with ... metacity.


Try to reset the compiz settings via terminal and restart X:

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz
  • Does that do both or will that reset my compiz settings w/out restarting X? – Amanda Jul 15 '11 at 16:28
  • This will reset only compiz settings, then you will need to restart X or simply reboot. – romancev Jul 15 '11 at 16:34
  • But you can't help point me towards a command line tool to restart X? – Amanda Jul 15 '11 at 17:13
  • sudo killall gnome-session – romancev Jul 15 '11 at 17:15
  • Killing your whole gnome session is a lot more drastic than just restarting x. – Amanda Jul 15 '11 at 21:23

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