• MATE: No window manager after update


    I’ve been using Antergos with MATE-Desktop for quite some time now, and everything seemed the work fine. However, after I installed some updates yesterday, no window manager works in MATE, causing windows not to have frames, which makes working nearly impossible.
    I found out what packages were upgraded by looking at pacman.log:

    upgraded gdk-pixbuf2 (2.36.9-1 -> 2.36.11-1)
    upgraded gtk-update-icon-cache (3.22.21-1 -> 3.22.24-1)
    upgraded librsvg (2:2.40.18+20+g63ddae4-1 -> 2:2.40.19-1)
    upgraded adwaita-icon-theme (3.24.0-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded dconf (0.26.0+1+g701d19d-1 -> 0.26.1-1)
    upgraded gsettings-desktop-schemas (3.24.0-1 -> 3.24.1+3+ge869987-1)
    upgraded antergos-gnome-setup (1.0-2 -> 1.0-4)
    upgraded at-spi2-core (2.24.1-1 -> 2.26.0-2)
    upgraded atk (2.24.0-2 -> 2.26.0-1)
    upgraded at-spi2-atk (2.24.1-1 -> 2.26.0-2)
    upgraded libgtop (2.36.0+2+ge0f97e7d-1 -> 2.38.0+1+g487e584a-2)
    upgraded json-glib (1.2.8-1 -> 1.4.2-1)
    upgraded mesa (17.2.1-3 -> 17.2.2-1)
    upgraded xkeyboard-config (2.21-2 -> 2.22-1)
    upgraded gtk3 (3.22.21-1 -> 3.22.24-1)
    upgraded bamf (0.5.3-1 -> 0.5.3-2)
    upgraded krb5 (1.15.1-1 -> 1.15.2-1)
    upgraded curl (7.55.1-2 -> 7.56.0-1)
    upgraded libuv (1.14.1-1 -> 1.15.0-1)
    upgraded cmake (3.9.3-1 -> 3.9.4-1)
    upgraded openjpeg2 (2.2.0-1 -> 2.3.0-1)
    upgraded poppler (0.59.0-1 -> 0.60.1-1)
    upgraded imagemagick (6.9.9.17-1 -> 6.9.9.19-1)
    upgraded cups-filters (1.17.8-1 -> 1.17.9-2)
    upgraded dconf-editor (3.23.4+48+g9acdf0a-1 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded glib-networking (2.50.0-2 -> 2.54.0-1)
    upgraded libsoup (2.58.2-1 -> 2.60.0-1)
    upgraded geocode-glib (3.24.0-1 -> 3.25.4.1-1)
    upgraded geoip-database (20170905-1 -> 20171007-1)
    upgraded ghostscript (9.21-3 -> 9.22-1)
    upgraded gobject-introspection-runtime (1.52.1-1 -> 1.54.1-1)
    upgraded gjs (1.48.6-1 -> 1.50.1-1)
    upgraded glib2-docs (2.52.3-1 -> 2.54.1-1)
    upgraded glibmm (2.52.0-1 -> 2.54.1-1)
    upgraded gnome-bluetooth (3.20.1+1+ge902d1a-1 -> 3.26.0+1+g3875844-1)
    upgraded gnome-desktop (1:3.24.2-1 -> 1:3.26.1-1)
    upgraded gnome-menus (3.13.3+27+g69656ff-1 -> 3.13.3+29+g7f0844e-1)
    upgraded libgudev (231+1+g0841288-1 -> 232-1)
    upgraded lame (3.99.5-3 -> 3.99.5-4)
    upgraded sdl2 (2.0.6-1 -> 2.0.6-2)
    upgraded webkit2gtk (2.16.6-1 -> 2.18.0-1)
    upgraded gnome-online-accounts (3.24.3-1 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded gnome-session (3.24.1-1 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded libgweather (3.24.1+1+g9b08eea-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded gtk3-print-backends (3.22.21-1 -> 3.22.24-1)
    upgraded gnome-settings-daemon (3.24.3-2 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded gnome-themes-standard (3.22.3-1 -> 3.22.3+13+ga993fdc0-1)
    upgraded libgdm (3.24.2-1 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded zenity (3.24.0-1 -> 3.24.2-1)
    upgraded libinput (1.8.2-1 -> 1.8.3-1)
    upgraded mutter (3.24.4-1 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded pygobject-devel (3.24.1-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded python-gobject (3.24.1-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded python-atspi (2.24.0-1 -> 2.26.0-1)
    upgraded gnome-shell (3.24.3-1 -> 3.26.1-1)
    upgraded gobject-introspection (1.52.1-1 -> 1.54.1-1)
    upgraded totem-plparser (3.10.7+40+g3859685-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded grilo (0.3.3+3+g3104a34-1 -> 0.3.4-1)
    upgraded gtkmm3 (3.22.1-1 -> 3.22.2+2+g3002ed86-1)
    upgraded gtksourceview3 (3.24.3-1 -> 3.24.4+11+g190037e9-1)
    upgraded parted (3.2-5 -> 3.2-6)
    upgraded gvfs (1.32.1+8+ga33a8437-1 -> 1.34.1-1)
    upgraded gvfs-goa (1.32.1+8+ga33a8437-1 -> 1.34.1-1)
    upgraded libgdata (0.17.8-1 -> 0.17.9-1)
    upgraded gvfs-google (1.32.1+8+ga33a8437-1 -> 1.34.1-1)
    upgraded gvfs-mtp (1.32.1+8+ga33a8437-1 -> 1.34.1-1)
    upgraded gvfs-smb (1.32.1+8+ga33a8437-1 -> 1.34.1-1)
    upgraded hplip (3.17.7-1 -> 3.17.9-1)
    upgraded libexttextcat (3.4.4-1 -> 3.4.5-1)
    upgraded libgksu (2.0.12-7 -> 2.0.12-8)
    upgraded libpeas (1.20.0-2 -> 1.22.0-1)
    upgraded xmlsec (1.2.24-1 -> 1.2.25-1)
    upgraded libreoffice-fresh (5.4.1-2 -> 5.4.2-2)
    upgraded libreoffice-fresh-de (5.4.1-1 -> 5.4.2-1)
    upgraded libreoffice-fresh-en-GB (5.4.1-1 -> 5.4.2-1)
    upgraded licenses (20140629-2 -> 20171006-1)
    upgraded linux (4.13.3-1 -> 4.13.4-1)
    upgraded linux-zen (4.13.3-1 -> 4.13.5-1)
    upgraded mesa-vdpau (17.2.1-3 -> 17.2.2-1)
    upgraded networkmanager-openvpn (1.8.0-1 -> 1.8.1dev+10+ge4d8cda-1)
    upgraded openssh (7.5p1-2 -> 7.6p1-1)
    upgraded vte-common (0.48.3-1 -> 0.50.1-1)
    upgraded vte3 (0.48.3-1 -> 0.50.1-1)
    upgraded pamac (6.0.1-1 -> 6.0.3-2)
    upgraded poppler-glib (0.59.0-1 -> 0.60.1-1)
    upgraded python-numpy (1.13.1-2 -> 1.13.3-1)
    upgraded python-sphinx (1.6.3-1 -> 1.6.4-1)
    upgraded python2-gobject (3.24.1-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded python2-numpy (1.13.1-2 -> 1.13.3-1)
    upgraded tmux (2.5-3 -> 2.6-1)
    upgraded totem (3.24.0-1 -> 3.26.0+1+g4e309671-1)
    upgraded vim-runtime (8.0.1159-1 -> 8.0.1176-1)
    upgraded vim (8.0.1159-1 -> 8.0.1176-1)
    upgraded vlc (2.2.6-3 -> 2.2.6-4)
    upgraded xorg-server-common (1.19.3-3 -> 1.19.4-1)
    upgraded xorg-server (1.19.3-3 -> 1.19.4-1)
    upgraded yelp (3.22.0+1+gfabd8eb-1 -> 3.26.0-1)
    upgraded albert (0.13.1-4 -> 0.13.1-5)
    upgraded waterfox-bin (55.1.0.1-1 -> 55.2.0-1)
    installed js52 (52.4.0-1)
    installed bubblewrap (0.1.8-1)
    installed pipewire (0.1.5+2+g8f67aa2-2)
    installed gmime3 (3.0.2-1)
    

    I don’t know which of these updates could possibly be causing a problem like that.

    Before I used Marco with Compton as my window manager. Though I was never able to set this through MATE-Tweak, I could achieve it using gsettings:

    gsettings set org.mate.session.required-components windowmanager marco-compton
    

    This also doesn’t work anymore.
    MATE-Tweak only offers Marco without composit and with software composit, but always tells me that the window manager I’m using is unknown or not supported, no matter what I select.

    Looking at the upgraded packages, another thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve got gnome-desktop on my system. pacman.log didn’t hold any information on when it was installed, so it must have been there for some time, but it definetly wasn’t a few weeks ago. I don’t know if it has anything to do with this issue, but it did bug me since I never manually chose to install it and I actually don’t need a full Gnome on my system.

    Lastly I also looked into the Xorg and LightDM logs, but the only error I found was this:

    [+5.78s] CRITICAL: g_object_unref: assertion 'G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed
    

    Again, I have no clue what that message is about or wether it is related to my problem in any way.

    Please tell me if there is any other useful information I can provide and thanks in advance for any help.

  • I have the exact same issue from the last update.

  • I already found it. Thank you.

  • Same problem: https://forum.antergos.com/topic/8073/new-gnome-packages-breaks-mate
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