Some things I noticed after updating to 2.14

Jeremy Messenger mezz7 at
Mon May 1 16:35:03 UTC 2006

On Mon, 01 May 2006 05:01:22 -0500, Alexander Leidinger  
<Alexander at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I want to know if those things are intended upstream, bugs in FreeBSD,
> or just wrong expectations on my side.
> After updating, the clock applet didn't remembered that I also want to
> see the date. I had this configured since a long time, and it
> remembers the setting after I activated this again.
> When gdm starts in the boot process, the screen is partly black and
> parts of it are in the typicall X11 rasterized grey color. The mouse
> pointer doesn't move. After switching to the text console and back, the
> GDM screen looks as expected and the mouse pointer follows the movement
> of the mouse. I did 2 reboots and I did see this every time.
> GDM doesn't respect my settings for "GtkTheme" in the "gui" section
> of /etc/gmd/custom.conf. I expect that the Option-menu would use those
> settings and only the "button for changing themes on the fly" in the
> graphical greeter isn't implemented.
> I used graphics/chbg to get a new background every 5 minutes. I have a
> large list of backgrounds and chbg offers some nice effects on
> background change. Now with GNOME 2.14 I get:
> ---snip---
> % chbg -scenario /big/pics/normal.chbg
> Gdk-ERROR **: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
>   serial 108 error_code 8 request_code 70 minor_code 0
> Gdk-ERROR **: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
>   serial 111 error_code 8 request_code 145 minor_code 3
> ---snip---
> I recompiled chbg, just in case it depends upon an outdated lib, but
> this didn't helped. Here's a ldd of chbg:
> ---snip--
> % ldd /usr/X11R6/bin/chbg
> /usr/X11R6/bin/chbg:
> => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x28102000)
> => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x28116000)
> => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x28257000)
> => /usr/local/lib/ (0x2828f000)
> => /usr/local/lib/ (0x28292000)
> => /usr/local/lib/ (0x282b7000)
> => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x282c0000)
> => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x282c8000)
> => /usr/X11R6/lib/ (0x282d6000)
> => /lib/ (0x283a2000)
> => /usr/local/lib/ (0x283b7000)
> => /lib/ (0x283dc000)
> => /lib/ (0x283ed000)
> => /usr/local/lib/ (0x284dc000)
> ---snip---
> Has someone an idea what the cause may be (note: there's no nautilus at
> startup, I disabled it)? Or at least does someone know a nice program
> which is able to pick every 5 minutes a new random background out of a
> huge list of backgrounds (they need to be scaled, but not more than to
> 200%, and not covered pixels need to be black and the picture itself
> needs to be centered in this case)?
> After the upgrade a part of my session was lost. The startup-programs
> (leftmost tab in the session settings application) are removed. I had
> chbg and two instances of xmbmon in there. Now there's nothing. I
> didn't tried to add anything there yet.

Try to login in a dummy user and see if you still have the same problems.  
My experience of upgrade, I had to clear a several of ~/.* to get GNOME  
2.14 and other apps stable. Mostly are from .gconf* stuff.

As for the GDM, I don't use it but I remember there was a report in this  
list. I will need to find that email, I think it was related w/ chmod.  
Maybe it's different issue, just need to find that email to know for sure.


> Bye,
> Alexander.

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