[Pkg-haskell-maintainers] Bug#756463: Bug#756463: xmonad: screen is not redrawn when last window is closed

Joachim Breitner nomeata at debian.org
Wed Jul 30 06:57:53 UTC 2014

Dear Kai,

Am Mittwoch, den 30.07.2014, 06:21 +0200 schrieb Kai Harries:
>    * What led up to the situation?
> Start xmonad from gdm. Open a terminal. Close the terminal.
>    * What was the outcome of this action?
> The terminal window was still visible as an artifact.
>    * What outcome did you expect instead?
> The terminal window disappears and the desktop will become visible.

thanks for your report.

I don’t think this is technically a problem with xmonad; xmonad is just
not responsible for drawing the background.

> The desktop is also not redrawn when I switch to an empty workspace. It looks
> like a lack of a composition manager is causing this problem. Because when I
> modify "/usr/share/xsessions/xmonad.desktop" so that xmonad gets started by a
> script like this:
>   xcompmgr &
>   xmonad
> everything behaves like expected.

That is one solution. But there are many more, such as running a proper
desktop program in the background (e.g. natuilus) or simply running
something like
$ xsetroot -solid black
as part of your session.

I have local modifications to the xmonad package to support
a .xmonad/xmonad-session-rc session script where these things can easily
go. I guess I should upload these soon.

Joachim "nomeata" Breitner
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