Observations on Gnome-2.14

Kevin Oberman oberman at es.net
Mon May 1 18:50:12 UTC 2006

> Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 13:53:24 -0400
> From: Joe Marcus Clarke <marcus at FreeBSD.org>
> Kevin Oberman wrote:
> > I have one system running V6-stable that is now running Gnome-2.14. Some
> > things are really nice about it, but there are some oddities and some
> > things that need touching.
> >
> > When I first started 2.14, I got messages that several icons
> > (gnome-calculator, logout, screen-lock) could not be found and were
> > displayed as white icons with a red 'X'. But after acknowledging the
> > message, all of the icons appeared and work fine. 
> I have not seen this on any of my machines.
> > 
> > This might be a race as I am running i386 on an AMD dual-core 4400+
> > Athlon-64 processor and it may be getting something done before things
> > are ready. This is also intermittent. It happens about half the time
> > when I start Gnome. (I use startx, not gdm.)
> Maybe, but that seems fishy.  I guess gnome-settings-daemon could be
> taking a long time to startup.

I suspect you are right. On my 2GHz Pentium-M system I see the
gnome-settings-daemon come up fairly late. My terminal windows are up
and looking ugly and then the daemon starts and they all snap to the
correct fonts and set-ups.

Also, on two of my starts I also got the window stating that
gnome-settings-daemon did not start. These also had the missing
icons. But gnome-settings-daemon IS started. So this would appear to be
the problem.

> > gnome-terminal has sometimes crashed on logout from Gnome. I have not
> > tried to debug this at all. I do see that the contents of
> > .gnome2/session no longer have information on all of the gnome-terminal
> > windows. Just a simple command, so I guess gnome-terminal is storing
> > this somewhere else. (I need to find out where to debug why at least one
> > window never restarts.)
> For GDM sessions, it's ~/.xsession-errors.  I thought startx would
> output to the calling VTY.

You misunderstood the issue. I am not looking for errors (they are on
the VTY) but the configuration information that tells gnome-terminal how
to open windows. Things like the geometry, profile, and application, if
any. That all used to be saved in the .gnome2/session file but now
appears to be someplace else. There are references in .gnome2/session to
/gnome-terminal-ev6bR2/ and I assume that this is a gconf db key or
reference to a file. I just have not found it.

> > Sessions are a bit messed up. As already reported, all manually
> > startup-sessions are gone after the upgrade and must be re-entered. No
> > longer is there an ordering option, but this might be settable via the
> > "Current Session" tab. I'll paly around with it if I get a little time.
> > 
> > The logout tool no longer has a check-box to save the session. I THINK I
> > saved it by going into the "Sessions" prefs and selecting to
> > automatically save the session on logout and logging out. I then logged
> > back in and de-selected that option. There is still an option (which is
> > selected) to "Ask on logout". It appears to be a no-op in 2.14, though.
> Correct.  It looks like they axed this for 2.14.  As a workaround,
> gnome-session-save --gui will save your current session.

Thanks! This helps. I tend to leave my startup session alone and only
save it on rare occasion, so this should work.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at es.net			Phone: +1 510 486-8634

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