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All tiles disappear after restarting display manager #3634

probaton opened this Issue Mar 6, 2019 · 3 comments


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probaton commented Mar 6, 2019

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[x] Bug
[ ] Feature Request
[ ] Documentation Request
[ ] Other (Please describe in detail)

Current Behavior

I'm having intermittent issues with monitor discovery when hooking up external monitors, so I figured I'd try restarting my display manager (systemctl restart display-manager) in the hopes of resetting the connections. However, after restarting the display manager and logging back in, all my tiles vanish.

The tiles are obviously still running, as my music resumes and all my terminal processes are still up, but I cannot seem to bring them to the foreground. What's more, when I try to open a new Chrome process, nothing seems to happen.

All my i3 shortcuts still work fine, and I still have access to all my workspaces, including the ones that should contain tiles, they're just empty.

Expected Behavior

I would expect to be returned to the same X session I left when killing the display manager, with all tiles where I left them.

Reproduction Instructions

  • systemctl restart display-manager, obviously with root access. System returns me to the log-in screen.
  • Log back in.
  • Voila.


Output of i3 --moreversion 2>&-:

i3 version: 
- Binary i3 version:  4.16 (2018-11-04) © 2009 Michael Stapelberg and contributors
- Running i3 version: 4.16 (2018-11-04) (pid 2802)o abort…)
I've tried removing anything I felt might be remotely relevant and the issue persists, but you're more than welcome to the config anyway. 
Logfile URL:
- Linux Distribution & Version: Fedora 29.
- Are you using a compositor (e.g., xcompmgr or compton): No. 

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i3bot commented Mar 6, 2019

I don’t see a link to Did you follow (In case you actually provided a link to a logfile, please ignore me.)

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Airblader commented Mar 7, 2019

What happens when you open a new window (terminal or such) in those "not really empty" workspaces? Do they take up the entire space or only a part of it?

Also, can you post the output of xwininfo -root -all and ideally an i3 log file?


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probaton commented Mar 7, 2019

The new terminal takes up the full workspace.

As for the log file, sorry for not including one already, I ran into a deadline. I'll try to find a moment to generate both log files sometime soon.

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