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Old 06-07-2005, 05:19 AM   #1
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some programs refuse to open


I've been using Mandrake 10.1 for a while now. The problem is some programs (i.e. Thunderbird) all of a sudden doesn't open at all, I can only see it being executed for a few seconds (the hourglass running) and then nothing, everything disappears. How do I fix that?
 
Old 06-07-2005, 06:10 AM   #2
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what exactly happened before this situation
 
Old 06-07-2005, 06:12 AM   #3
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Open the app from the command line and see what errors you get, is usually the first thing to do.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 06:46 AM   #4
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Hi, I've been having the same issue with SuSE 9.3. The problem was caused by the 'fam' (File Alteration Monitor) daemon.

I had a quick look on Mandrake/Mandriva's package list and it looks like Mandrake also uses fam.

Try opening 'ksysguard' or hit [Ctrl]+[Escape] when you next login, and when things start going slow have a look at fam's system resources. Mine was climbing all the time to 75-90% and was causing apps to not load or lock up.

Killing fam fixed the problem and I haven't noticed any loss of functionality yet when fam isn't running.
I was able to disable fam on bootup by opening up a root console and doing a 'chkconfig -s fam off'.

HTH

Last edited by vinbob; 06-07-2005 at 07:21 AM.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 11:38 AM   #5
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Originally posted by Moloko
Open the app from the command line and see what errors you get, is usually the first thing to do.
When I type thunderbird it says:
bash: thunderbird: command not found
 
Old 06-08-2005, 07:29 AM   #6
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The command is mozilla-thunderbird for most. Also try to use tab completion for commands.
 
  


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