Window manager does not show SDL window titles


I have an issue with SDL-using applications and the sawfish window manager.

The problem is that SDL windows do not show the window caption. My gnome
panel does show the window name, but the actual sawfish window frame
shows no caption at all. All other non-SDL applications that I use work

I tried a couple other window managers, and they were able to show the
SDL window captions correctly. Though there many be other WMs that can’t.

I believe the problem is that SDL is using the UTF8_STRING type for the
window’s WM_NAME and WM_ICON properties. In fact, WM_NAME and WM_ICON are
supposed to set to a TEXT type, usually STRING (ISO 8859-1).

The property names _NET_WM_NAME and _NET_WM_ICON_NAME should be used to
store the UTF8_STRING versions of the window title and icon name.

You can see the properties I refer to with a command like this:
xprop|grep -e “WM.*NAME”

Please note the standard:

This page talks a little bit about the history of these properties. Just
search down the page for “WM_NAME”.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in resolving this issue.

Eric Mangold