System freezing on logout

Al Gordon runlevel7 at
Wed Oct 19 14:07:39 UTC 2005

On 10/19/05, Richard Querin <rfquerin at> wrote:
> Hi,
>  I'm a linux newbie running Breezy. Recently, I started enabling and running
> xcompmgr to get some window shadowing. The shadowing works fine. However,
> now when I try to log out (or reboot, or shutdown) the system just freezes.
> The only way to get out is to do a Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. (I'm not even sure
> what this does, although I remember reading it somewhere !!) This takes me
> to the login screen from which I can choose 'Action->Shutdown, Reboot,
> whatever.
>  So that is problem number 1. I can't shut down normally. Problem 2. is that
> if I get to the login screen by doing the Ctrl-Alt-Backspace and then log in
> again from there, the desktop comes up but the top panel comes up and then
> immediately disappears, taking the menus, launchers, and clock in the panel
> along with it. Leaving me without any option of using the menus for anything
> (like shutting down, launching programs etc..).
>  Any ideas? Is this stuff related to using xcompmgr?
>  One other thing, when I was trying to get xcompmgr working I tried (as
> instructed) setting it in my startup programs and setting priority of 1.
> This caused the system to boot and then just lock up when trying to launch
> the desktop. So I changed the priority to 50 and it now comes up fine. What
> is the priority number and how should it be set?
>  RQ

I recall reading something about this a while back, when I was
checking out xcompmgr.  It isn't very stable, apparently.  I had
similar problems when using xcompmgr, but they went away when I
removed it.  Since it seems to mostly be eye candy anyhow, I figured I
could do without it.  :)


  -- AL --

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