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I run Linux Manjaro and I really love the way Gnome 3 looks, but I hate having to manually move windows out of the way of each other. I tried i3 and really liked it, however it looks pretty hideous.

My plan was to replace Gnome 3 window manager (metacity I think) with i3. I have tried a variety of guides and all result in one outcome: i3 starts but there is no sign of Gnome running at all (at least, not visually)

When I try to run gnome-tweak-tool, I notice the extensions menu is missing and this has been output to console:

WARNING : Shell not installed or running WARNING : Error detecting shell Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/gtweak/tweaks/tweak_group_shell_extensions.py", line 275, in __init__ raise Exception("Shell not running or DBus service not available") Exception: Shell not running or DBus service not available WARNING : Shell not running

If they are important, this is my current configuration:

/usr/share/xsessions/gnome-i3.desktop: [Desktop Entry] Name=GNOME with i3 Comment=A GNOME session using i3 as the window manager. TryExec=gnome-session Exec=gnome-session --session=i3 Type=Application

/usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/i3.session: [GNOME Session] Name=i3 RequiredComponents=gnome-settings-daemon;gnome-panel;i3

Pardon my ignorance, I am very new to Linux as a whole.

Can someone help me get i3 to run inside of Gnome on Manjaro? (I do select Gnome with i3 at the login screen)

  • You can try to add DesktopNames=GNOME-Flashback;GNOME to gnome-i3.destkop. Without it gnome-panel will not start. – muktupavels Sep 11 '16 at 10:56
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i3 is not a window manager. i3 is a complete X11 server client, so you can not just criss-cross GNOME and i3.

Imagine i3 as a small GNOME.

Try something such as gTile.

  • Oh, really. I don't know how I didn't see that earlier. If that's true, how do the guides that claim to run i3 inside of gnome get good responses? (edit: I will look into the gTile extension, thank you!) – Harry Aug 13 '16 at 23:45
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    @Harry they aren't actually running i3 inside of Gnome, they are running components of the gnome-system alongside i3 using dbus signals and session setup tricks. The difference between a WM (window manager) and a DE (display environment) are subtle, but basically i3 is a WM that only handles where/how the windows get displayed, it knows nothing about the rest of the system, Gnome on the other hand is a DE that uses dbus to keep track of the state of EVERYTHING (that it knows about). – dragon788 Aug 21 '17 at 19:11

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