Unexpected config problem--how to fix?

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at marcuscom.com
Mon Apr 10 21:20:00 UTC 2006

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Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum wrote:
> */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 :-(

You will need to rebuild gnomecontrolcenter2 with debugging symbols,
then get a gdb backtrace of this core file.  Somewhere, a NULL pointer
is being dereferenced.


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