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Old 12-11-2003, 10:16 PM   #1
rebdi
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Gnome - Gconf problems


I am getting a message that says that there is a problem with Gconf and Gconfd. It suggests that there was a crash and that certain lock files did not close right. For instance, when I run Evotion, it makes me fill out all of my preferences again. Obviously it is not saving them.

Now I am finding that I am not able to run any files that use Gnome. In fact, Gnome itself is not working. It comes up black and there are no words in the file menu. I'm know expert but I know a problem when I see it.

I deleted every lock file I could find. I reloaded Gconf and Gconf2 but nothing has worked.
It also said that I may not have an IOR file. Whatever that is.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much
 
Old 12-12-2003, 05:43 PM   #2
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I suggest you a quick test: create a new user (adduser) and see if it can run gnome. If it works, you should move out of the way (or delete if you don't have a lot of config in them) your ~/.gnome* dirs. If it doesn't, at least you know you have a system and not a user config problem. The easiest thing would be reinstalling gnome or run the rpm equivalente of "dpkg --reconfigure gnome" (man rpm to find what it is)
 
Old 12-18-2003, 09:58 AM   #3
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I Have a Thought

RPM does not have a --reconfigure comand. I tried "verify" and "rebuild" etc. but to no avail.

I'm wondering if the problem is one of those pesky library files that Gnome is dependent upon. Is there an easy way to check and verify all those libarary files or is it better just dump Gnome and start from the beginnin?
 
Old 12-18-2003, 06:59 PM   #4
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> I'm wondering if the problem is one of those pesky library files that Gnome is dependent upon.
Actually it seems to me more like a permission error or corrupted conf file.
Try creating a brand new user and make it run gnome...
If it works, the problem is likely in some unreadable/unwritable/non-owned file in your .gnome* folders.

> Is there an easy way to check and verify all those libarary files or is it better just dump Gnome and start from the beginnin?
rpm should have taken care of this. I think it's hard to do a better job unless you deeply know gnome or you plan investing much time in try-and-error.
Imho, unless you have good reason not to do so, the fastest thing would be uninstalling with option to remove config files (i think they are in /etc/gnome*), then reinstall it.
 
  


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