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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0005818Kali LinuxGeneral Bugpublic2020-12-01 10:50
ReporterPitenager Assigned Torhertzog  
Status assignedResolutionopen 
Summary0005818: Fix xfwm bug where terminal window is not visible

I just installed Kali Linux 2019.4 x64 from a .ova image in a Virtual Box 6 running over Windows 10 Home with the following specs:

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ CPU @ 2.80GHz
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 64 bits
  • Nvidia GTX 1050
  • 1 TB HDD + 128 SSD

And I cannot see any window in reduced size (tried settings, terminal, keyboard and some others).
Also, when I try to move any window by dragging it, the GUI blinks but still not seen.
I've assigned both, the default configuration from installation and a customized one with 10GB RAM and 4 cores, and the problem appears in both.

I hope your answer,
Thank you in advance.

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2019-11-26 23:09

manager   ~0011357

I am unable to reproduce this issue. Can you verify the .ova?



2019-11-26 23:52

reporter   ~0011360

Yes, I've downloaded the .ova twice just to check that the file was not corrupted, but the bug remains.
Any idea or recommendation ?

Thank you



2019-11-27 00:22

manager   ~0011362

This is an issue that I will need to defer to @rhertzog on as I am not sure what could cause that. Try doing an apt upgrade (do ctrl+alt+f1 for a terminal) and checking dmesg for any errors.



2019-11-27 00:42

reporter   ~0011363

Had the same problem with VirtualBox i had resized the window from the Kali from Display settings to a lower resolution or any resolution would do. Then return back to the previous solves the problem. But this has to be done every time the vm restarts. Not sure if this is the problem with VirtualBox 6.0.14



2019-11-27 07:28

reporter   ~0011364

Yes, I also tried to do what @anishkgt comments and I got the same result: if I change the size of the machine window and then go back to the one I had previously, it is fixed, but just for that session, if I reboot, the problem comes back.



2019-11-27 09:32

administrator   ~0011372

Do you have the problems with all windows or only with the terminal windows?



2019-11-27 09:38

administrator   ~0011373

Can you review the graphical settings for your VM and share them with us?

Is 3D enabled or not? I'd suggest to try to tweak those settings and see if one of them helps. I know we had to increase the amount of virtual memory allocated to the graphical card once to solve a strange issue where the screen would not refresh properly without it. How much graphical memory is there for your VM? Try with twice as much?



2019-11-27 15:19

manager   ~0011380

It looks like a xfwm4 bug. Can you try disabling xfwm display compositing inside 'Window Manager Tweaks'-> Compositor? Another option would be disabling it and installing (and running) Compton as a replacement

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2019-11-27 15:30

reporter   ~0011381

yea that works.



2019-11-27 18:13

reporter   ~0011396

Yes, I confirm that the solution proposed by @daniruiz also worked for me.

However, I'm using VirtualBox 6.0.14 too and the following Graphic Card specs (just in case it could help to make a fix):

Thank you.

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2019-12-12 08:57

administrator   ~0011668

@daniruiz Can you please submit an upstream ticket against xfwm and start the conversation with upstream there?



2019-12-13 10:05

manager   ~0011674

Opened xfwm upstream issue

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2019-11-26 21:12 Pitenager New Issue
2019-11-26 21:12 Pitenager File Added: imagen.png
2019-11-26 23:09 Gamb1t Note Added: 0011357
2019-11-26 23:52 Pitenager Note Added: 0011360
2019-11-27 00:22 Gamb1t Note Added: 0011362
2019-11-27 00:42 anishkgt Note Added: 0011363
2019-11-27 07:28 Pitenager Note Added: 0011364
2019-11-27 09:32 rhertzog Note Added: 0011372
2019-11-27 09:38 rhertzog Note Added: 0011373
2019-11-27 09:40 rhertzog Assigned To => rhertzog
2019-11-27 09:40 rhertzog Status new => feedback
2019-11-27 15:19 daniruiz File Added: image.png
2019-11-27 15:19 daniruiz Note Added: 0011380
2019-11-27 15:30 anishkgt Note Added: 0011381
2019-11-27 18:13 Pitenager File Added: imagen-2.png
2019-11-27 18:13 Pitenager Note Added: 0011396
2019-11-27 18:13 Pitenager Status feedback => assigned
2019-12-12 08:57 rhertzog Priority urgent => high
2019-12-12 08:57 rhertzog Severity crash => major
2019-12-12 08:57 rhertzog Summary NO WINDOW IS SHOWN - [KALI 2019.4 x64] - FRESH INSTALL => Fix xfwm bug where terminal window is not visible
2019-12-12 08:57 rhertzog Note Added: 0011668
2019-12-13 10:05 daniruiz Note Added: 0011674
2020-12-01 10:48 g0tmi1k Priority high => normal
2020-12-01 10:50 g0tmi1k Severity major => minor