Yesterday, I mentioned a problem that I’ve been having with GNOME 3 on Ubuntu 11.10.
Essentially what happens is that when I leave my desktop for a while, under specific circumstances, and often, on returning and moving the mouse or using the keyboard, the pointer would come back on screen. However, this only works on one of my two screens.
The unlock dialog does not show up and it seems that there is no way to get back in.
In the past, I would log into the terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1 or any function key through to F5 or so) and
$ kill -9 -1
This would of course kill all processes owned by me and is therefore unpleasant at best and have you losing a bunch of work at worst.
After a brainwave yesterday (as detailed in the aforementioned post), I decided to check the status of the screensaver and killed just those processes. Happily, this gives me my desktop back. However, my gnome-shell had given up which I had to restart
$ gnome-shell --replace
Unfortunately, I did not get the windows into the original workspaces since everything just got dumped into the one workspace but it is better than having to kill everything off.
EDIT: I just realised that the screen saver of course no longer kicks in and I had to restart it
$ gnome-screensaver --no-daemon
I am usually working on a good half a dozen things at any given time and this means that I usually have a good ten or twenty windows open. My chromium currently has a 134 tabs and this is after I cleaned up and closed all the tabs I no longer need.
Luckily, working in Linux means that I can spread each stream of work into the various workspaces.
Now GNOME 3 makes things a little more complicated with the dynamic workspaces but I’m learning to use it to my advantage
However, with Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and GNOME 3, I seem to be running into an issue regularly…If I leave my computer for a while, it doesn’t unlock correctly. The screen remains black and I can’t move the mouse to my second screen and the unlock screen doesn’t show up.
Thinking about it, it seems like there might be two screen savers being started but I shall investigate that tomorrow. I have the same issue at both work and home so it is more likely to be related to Ubuntu + GNOME 3 or something about the way I set things up.
I usually resolve this by logging into the console and here a neat trick for killing all our processes in one fell swoop.
$ kill -9 -1
Another thing I have been doing a bit more of recently is gaming which involves rebooting in Windows.
Both of the above leaves me with a restarted workspace. Starting up the applications pops them all into the same workspace. Chrome is especially a nightmare. I might have 135 open tabs but they are in about 6 windows spread across four workspaces.
It is annoying to have to distribute these things out each time.