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Old 06-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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nm-applet works in Gnome, not in Fluxbox

I'm having an odd issue setting up Fluxbox.

When using Gnome 3, nm-applet works perfectly. I can see and connect to wireless signals without a problem. However, when I run Fluxbox, nm-applet refuses to run with the following error:

** Message: applet now removed from the notification area

(nm-applet:5320): GdkPixbuf-CRITICAL **: gdk_pixbuf_scale_simple: assertion `dest_width > 0' failed
Everything I've found through Google says to add "nm-applet &" to the end of ~/.fluxbox/startup. That does nothing to help me, obviously.

Nothing appears in the Slit, nor anywhere else. nm-applet will just hang at that error when I run it manually in terminal. And, obviously, nothing at all happens when Fluxbox starts it when I login.

I've also tried using wicd, but that doesn't seem to recognize my wireless card at all to begin with.
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Due to the fact that I have no idea about fluxbox configuration, I suggest disabling the tray or the panel altogether and using another panel+tray app, like fbpanel or tint2 to check if the problem still occurs.
If it does, there is some problem with fluxbox's built in tray.

As for wicd, please check if your card is listed as wlan1 or something else in ifconfig, and set it accordingly in wicd's options.
And wicd and nm do not match, so when running one, remove the other.

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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I have tried it without Fluxbox's tray active, no change.
Tried with tint2, no change
However, even if fluxbox's tray is active, if I bring up gnome-panel it works fine.

I'll double check the wicd config. And yes, when I bring up one I make sure to kill the process for the other.
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Ok, so I checked and indeed wicd was pointing to a non-existent wireless device. Now I see the wifi networks fine. However, I'm having major issues connecting to WPA protected networks. The wicd log always shows an "Operation failed" error after a DHCP attempt begins.

I've tried having wicd use dhchcd, dhclient, pump and udhcpc. All fail to the same. Pump did work once, but when I disconnected once I can no longer connect at all again, even after reboots. All the dhcp packages are at the latest version.
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Works fine here in openbox with tint2, Debian Sid.
$ nm-applet &
[1] 3391
$ ** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
** Message: applet now embedded in the notification area

(nm-applet:3391): libnotify-WARNING **: Failed to connect to proxy

** (nm-applet:3391): WARNING **: Failed to show notification: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.Notifications was not provided by any .service files
//edit also working in fluxbox. I do see the same error you reported but the applet is there on the far right hand side of the panel.

If you're running stable install the network-manager-gnome from backports, if that doesn't help or you're running testing/unstable - no idea. Have a look at bug reports...;dist=unstable

Last edited by cynwulf; 06-29-2012 at 06:00 PM.
Old 07-03-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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same problem here... PLEASE HELP! this is really annoying.

I use Xubuntu 12.04 with fluxbox.

icons of "update-notifier" and "crash reports" also don't work.

I have noticed that problem occurs only if toolbar height is <= 14px.
If toolbar height > 14px evetything works fine.


because problem is with the function gdk_pixbuf_scale_simple.
Maybe scaling these icons to toolbar size manually would be a workaround?

I tried to scale all icons called nm-* in /usr/share/icons/Humanity/*, but it didn't work ;/

What icons exactly should I scale?


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