only 2 workspaces on 12.04

Gary Kirkpatrick garyartista at
Sat Apr 27 10:33:42 UTC 2013

On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Gary Kirkpatrick <garyartista at>wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
>> 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.
>> Colin
> My 12.04 install is in 2d.  In gconf ed the workspace was set to 2, I
> changed it to 4 and there are still just 2.  So unless a reboot is required
> something else is preventing the choice of more than 2 desktops.
> thanks
> garyk

Logging out/in did it! Now if I can figure out how to edit the subject in
this new fangled version of gmail I will mark this solved.

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