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Date:      Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:20:44 +0530
From:      Manish Jain <>
To:        FreeBSD Mailing List <>
Subject:   Strange behaviour on Gnome with FreeBSD-7.2
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This message was earlier posted to freebsd-gnome, from where there was 
no response. I am consequently re-posting to freebsd-questions in hope 
of something better.

I had FreeBSD-7.2 on my system a few days back, but had to reinstall it 
afresh last week. In the new install, I did not install any packages 
from the distribution media. Instead I built everything from ports. The 
previous installation used gnome packages from the distribution media 

There is one problem that I faced with the old installation and am 
facing with the new installation as well. Upon startx, all font sizes 
(application, desktop, document, fixed, window title) are always one 
unit less (in size) compared to what they are set. The moment I 
right-click on the desktop and select 'Change desktop background', the 
font sizes get incremented to the correct values everywhere.

With the new installation, I am facing additional - and much more 
serious - problems, maybe on account of something I have missed.

1) Window applications which normally remember their size and position 
(eg, Nautilus) have lost this capability. Now I have to resize and 
reposition these windows each time I exec gnome-session from .xinitrc

2) Resizing/repositioning windows happens in slow, jittery movements 
with the display getting wavy till the window is dropped into its 
desired size/position

3) Scrolling up and down a window (eg in Firefox3, Nautilus) using the 
mouse or the scrollbar is painfully slow, with the display again getting 
highly wavy.

If anybody has any clue what could possibly be wrong with my setup, I 
would be grateful to find out what.

Thanks in advance

Manish Jain

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