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#1 2016-11-17 11:31:16

prab
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[Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

I am having a peculiar problem after the last Cinnamon update. When I login, my desktop is overlayed with a opaque white screen that gobbles up the wallpaper as well as Conky. When I logout, the overlay goes away for a couple seconds before the logout action takes me to lightdm login screen.

I have recorded the behavior in this video

Things I have tried so far which didn't work:
1. Tried removing Conky from session start.
2. Changed desktop theme to a different one.
3. Disabled "Play backgrounds as a slideshow" in background settings.

Any help in getting rid of this overlay will be appreciated.

Last edited by prab (2016-11-18 22:25:54)

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#2 2016-11-17 16:10:58

seth
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Re: [Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

This looks like it *is* the desktop - does conky run on the root window?

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#3 2016-11-17 20:15:21

prab
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Re: [Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

I start conky from an entry in the Cinnamon's "Startup Applications" setting window.

If that white overlay *is* the desktop, how do I change wallpaper and draw conky over it?

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#4 2016-11-17 21:04:39

seth
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Re: [Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

no idea about cinnamon configuration, but you need "own_window true" in your conky config and eg. "own_window_type dock" to ensure it's somehow on top of things (see "man conky" for more details)

To check whether the white thing is the desktop window, run "xprop" from a terminal and pick the white area (not where your also whitish conky resides) when the cursor turns into a "+"

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#5 2016-11-18 10:39:43

prab
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Re: [Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

Setting own_window_type to dock brought conky on top of the white overlay!! Woohoo!!!! Thanks!

Running xprop and clicking white area with + cursor gave the following weird output:

XKLAVIER_STATE(INTEGER) = 0, -928865280
WM_STATE(WM_STATE):
		window state: Normal
		icon window: 0x0
_NET_WM_DESKTOP(CARDINAL) = 4294967295
_NET_WM_STATE(ATOM) = _NET_WM_STATE_SKIP_PAGER, _NET_WM_STATE_SKIP_TASKBAR, _NET_WM_STATE_STICKY
_NET_WM_ALLOWED_ACTIONS(ATOM) = _NET_WM_ACTION_CHANGE_DESKTOP, _NET_WM_ACTION_ABOVE, _NET_WM_ACTION_BELOW
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		Client accepts input or input focus: True
		Initial state is Normal State.
		bitmap id # to use for icon: 0x1c0000b
		bitmap id # of mask for icon: 0x1c00016
		window id # of group leader: 0x1c00001
_GTK_THEME_VARIANT(UTF8_STRING) = 
XdndAware(ATOM) = BITMAP
_NET_WM_OPAQUE_REGION(CARDINAL) = 
_NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE(ATOM) = _NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE_DESKTOP
_NET_WM_SYNC_REQUEST_COUNTER(CARDINAL) = 29360133, 29360134
_NET_WM_USER_TIME_WINDOW(WINDOW): window id # 0x1c00004
WM_CLIENT_LEADER(WINDOW): window id # 0x1c00001
_NET_WM_PID(CARDINAL) = 1074
WM_LOCALE_NAME(STRING) = "C"
WM_CLIENT_MACHINE(STRING) = "RAS"
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WM_CLASS(STRING) = "nemo", "Nemo"
WM_ICON_NAME(STRING) = "Desktop"
_NET_WM_ICON_NAME(UTF8_STRING) = "Desktop"
WM_NAME(STRING) = "Desktop"
_NET_WM_NAME(UTF8_STRING) = "Desktop"

I still can't get to draw the wallpaper on top of that white overlay.

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#6 2016-11-18 14:29:00

seth
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Posts: 19,814

Re: [Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

_NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE(ATOM) = _NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE_DESKTOP
WM_CLASS(STRING) = "nemo", "Nemo"
WM_ICON_NAME(STRING) = "Desktop"
_NET_WM_ICON_NAME(UTF8_STRING) = "Desktop"
WM_NAME(STRING) = "Desktop"
_NET_WM_NAME(UTF8_STRING) = "Desktop"

That's totally your desktop ;-)
Still no idea about wallpaper configuration, but the desktop seems powered by nemo (the filemanager) so you may be lucky in its settings.

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#7 2016-11-18 22:25:28

prab
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Re: [Solved] Desktop overlayed with opaque white screen in Cinnamon

Thank you for pointing out that nemo is my culprit. This thread talks about similar problem. I tried

nemo --quit

as suggested in that thread and it really worked!

Apparently, nemo is set to show desktop icons and it is drawing it's own desktop to do that. I installed dconf-editor and set the

org > nemo > desktop > show-desktop-icons

key to false. And now, the annoying overlay is gone permanently!

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