Unexpected config problem--how to fix?

Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum bg271828 at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 10 12:58:53 UTC 2006

Joe Marcus Clarke <marcus at marcuscom.com> wrote: On Fri, 2006-04-07 at 12:58 -0700, Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum wrote:
> Hi,
> im running Gnome 2.12 on FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE. i havent updated anything in
> awhile and im not doing anything fancy.
> My panel suddenly got messed up--the icons faded away and got streaky.
> The screen i was on was usable but i couldnt move to another desktop or
> launch anything from the top or bottom panel.
> So i ran gdm-restart and now i cant even log in, i get a message with
> "the configuration file contains an invalid command line for the login dialog,
> so running the defulat command. Please fix your configuration". But then when i
> log in it still doesnt work, "There was an error starting the GNOME settings
> daemon...The last error message was: EOF from child process." and i cant log 
> in, i can only launch the Failsafe x-term.
> How do i fix this? My Gnome apps are uptodate and i havent changed anything.

Login to X, and run /usr/X11R6/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon from the
command line.  What errors do you get?
Just the unhelpful "Segmentation fault (core dumped)" if i run as myself
or as root, and i get a 970K coredump file.

if theres any easy way i acan delete all the settings and start fresh im
happy to do this: i dont have fancy configuration settings and im willing
to lose them if it means im up and running again! But i dont want to
reinstall all of Gnome :-(



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