only 2 workspaces on 12.04

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sat Apr 27 07:52:10 UTC 2013

On 27 April 2013 06:10, Gary Kirkpatrick <garyartista at> wrote:
> I did a disk clean up from 'advanced options' for linuz kernel 3.2.x and it
> removed several old kernels and a total of 220 megs of stuff.  Now I have
> only 2 workspaces.  In Compiz it says there are 4.  Is there a fix for this?
> If I installed 3.4 would it do the trick or does it have nothing to do with
> the kernel?   3.5 does not work at all- I get a blank screen and cntrl alt
> f1 does not work.

Are you running Unity 2d or 3d?  If 2d then run gconf-editor from a
terminal, and check  /apps/metacity/general/ num_workspaces and see
what it is set to.

If 3d then I believe if you install MyUnity (which you can get from
the Ubuntu Software Software Center) and run it and go to the Desktop
tab and adjust your H Desktop and V Desktop number.  I thought this
was just a save way of setting it up in compiz though so it may not
make any difference.

Note that it is not necessarily that obvious whether you are running
2d or 3d as if it thinks that 3d is not supported it will default to
2d even if you ask for 3d.  You can tell by looking at the launcher.
If you have too many items to fit on the screen it will sort of fold
them up on 3d or just scroll them off the edge on 2d.


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