[clug] GNOME 3 in trouble according to El reg. True or a beat up?

jhock jhock at iinet.net.au
Wed Nov 14 15:40:50 MST 2012

Chris et al,

Thanks for the prompt reply however, it didn't work on all windows. I
did find a solution though at URL:

Apparently, because I'm using an EeePC, I need to switch off the
'Maximus' daemon on startup. This is what worked:

Go to 

System Tools => Preferences => Startup Applications 

and uncheck the 'Maximus' daemon so it doesn't run. Close the Startup
Applications GUI.

Then in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and start the gconf-editor by typing on
the command line:


In the resulting GUI I searched for 'show_maximized_titlebars'. IE. Edit
=> Find, enter in the 'Search for:' input box  show_maximized_titlebars,
check all the boxes and select the 'Find' button.  Click on the result
that shows /apps/metacity/general/show_maximized_titlebars and check the
checkbox next to the 'show_maximized_titlebars' entry.

This works and I'm very happy to have an interface where I can minimise,
maximise and close the application via buttons in the top left-hand
corner of the window.

I'm sure that this could have been done using the command line but
switching off the 'Maximus' startup application was the clincher.

Thanks to all who gave wonderful advice.


On Mon, 2012-11-12 at 07:25 +1100, Chris Smart wrote:
> On 11/11/12 19:07, jhock wrote:
> > 
> > Some of my windows now have the minimise, maximise and close icons in
> > the top right hand corner of the menu panel. This is what I really miss
> > in the later Ubuntu versions.  Did one of your commands do this and if
> > so is there a command that I can run that will apply these icons to all
> > the applications that have windows? 
> > 
> It was this one that Andrew posted:
> # fix window button positions and focus
> gconftool-2 -s /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type=string
> menu:minimize,maximize,close
> After you've run that, it should be permanent until something
> specifically changes it back.
> Note that if you're using GNOME 3, it won't be gconf, it'll be dconf and
> a different setting that you need to override with a schema.
> -c

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