kwm: debugging cause of death

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Tue Feb 13 12:49:16 GMT 2007

On Tuesday 13 February 2007 10:58, Richard Tierney wrote:
> Could someone give me some pointers on how to find out why kwm
> occasionally dies?
> My setup is:
> Remote X server running on Windows 2000 (over ethernet)
> KDE on Centos 4.4
> I use WinAxe as the Windows X server. This setup normally works well,
> but there's an occasional problem. About once a day, kwm seems to die.
> The decorations around the windows disappear, I can't use the mouse to
> select a window, the panel disappears, and I can't switch desktops. I
> don't think there's anything relevant in the system logs, and I can't
> find any KDE logs.

Check if there are any in ~/.xsession-errors

For debugging you could open a Konsole window, kill KWin and start from that 
Konsole session again.
It should then output to this console session.

The debug level can usually be controlled with kdebugdialog (use search field 
to just display kwin related debug areas)

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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