Gnome pausing forever if restarted too soon?

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at
Mon Apr 7 16:07:44 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-04-07 at 11:01 +0400, Yar Tikhiy wrote:
> Hi all,
> Today I've got enough motivation to ask about a problem I've saw since
> my first days with Gnome in FreeBSD. When I quit my current Gnome
> session and start a new one in a moment, e.g., to test some new
> settings, Gnome won't fully start: It will show the initial logo, load
> some components, hide the logo, and then just pause with the empty
> desktop. It doesn't seem to matter if I use gdm or startx. The
> workaround I found is to kill Gnome-related processes left running
> after I quit Gnome, but doing so each time is a bit annoying. Is it a
> known issue? Sorry, I failed to find any references to it in the FAQs.

The issue is with bonobo-activation-server.  If it remains running
(i.e. some of its clients keep it running), GNOME will not restart.  If
it alone is killed, GNOME will start right up.  I haven't yet looked
into why these clients are not dying.


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