[lug] Trouble with Gnome
hugh at math.byu.edu
Thu Dec 1 13:32:24 MST 2005
> It wasn't long until I noticed some difficulties with the install. I
> figured it was most likely Gnome. First, I get some annoying warnings
> dealing with icons on my toolbar such as 'Show Desktop' has quit
> unexpectedly after I log in. The warning window gives me two options
> of don't reload or reload. Hitting reload works fine. This happens
> with 3 other items on my lower panel. I also get a generic error
> window saying I've detected a panel already running and will not exit.
> These problems are just annoyances (as far as I can tell). However,
> after I work for a while I get more troubling issues. First, if I use
> the file browser (which I rarely use unless I want to preview images)
> after a while it locks up. After this happens the rest of gnome
> doesn't seem to respond such as the application menus on the lower
> panel. Also my terminal windows will lock up at this point. Other,
> non-gnome programs seem to run fine still such as Eclipse or Firefox.
> I usually have to hit the ctrl-alt-backspace to restart the machine.
> Even if I don't use the file browser after a while I'll notice that
> using the log out option on the desktop menu in the lower panel
> doesn't actually work. In that case I run the shutdown command in a
> terminal (as sudo). And in some cases the terminal window will also
> lock up, especially if I try to copy contents out of it (using the
> mouse's scroll wheel).
Two thoughts: this is the testing version of Debian. Generally it
doesn't have issues, but occasionally it will get a bit wacky.
Use the virtual terminals to deal with problems in X/Gnome if possible.
If you type Ctrl-Alt-F1 you will go to a console/virtual terminal login.
When you are done, exit/logout from the VT and then type Ctrl-Alt-F7 and
you should go back to the X session. It may be on Ctrl-Alt-F8, but try
the F7 one first.
> Anyway, I've got the sense that gnome is hosed. Now that I've given
> you that lengthy description of the problem my question is what's the
> easiest way to fix this? I would rather not do a complete reinstall
> if i can avoid it. Do you think removing gnome and reinstalling it
> would be sufficient?
The first step is usually to clean out your .gnome*/.gconf*
configuration. Log in to a VT or in failsafe mode and then either move
or remove all the ~/.gnome* ~/.gconf* files out of the way. Then log
in to Gnome again and you will have a fresh user set up of gnome.
I have to admit, I fall into the "prefers KDE" category. Gconf
irritates me to no end. But that's a personal problem :)
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