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Old 11-03-2004, 02:20 AM   #1
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What does this error mean?


I have RH8.0 Linux. When I log in (KDE) I get the following error:

"An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information
for rhn-applet. Some of your configuration settings nay not work
In the details it says: "Failed to contact configuration server, some
possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for
ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. (Details -
1: IOR file '/home/.../.gconfd/lock/Ior' not opened successfully, no
gconfd located: No such file or directory. 2: IOR file
'/home/.../.gconfd/lock/Ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd
located: No such file or directory."

If I log in with Gnome, the screen is a mess, can't use it.

I'm not sure I can understand what it's saying. Can someone suggest
what may be wrong and what to do to correct it?
Old 11-03-2004, 03:45 AM   #2
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Lightbulb gconfd

You might try searching what gconfd is... I saw that particular file / program twice in your post.


"conf" = configuration
a "d" at the end of something = daemon (server / program)

You also mentioned GNOME

Makes me wonder if it's a GNOME configuration server.
Old 11-03-2004, 08:56 AM   #3
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Well, according to Google, rhn-applet is a panel applet that notifies you when new packages are available. Now I'm no expert (I use neither Red Hat nor Gnome), but the way I read the error is that the rhn-applet is failing on start up because it can't find or access gconfd.
gconf per-user daemon (gconfd)

The current GConf implementation involves a per-user daemon. This daemon's primary purpose is to notify applications when a configuration value has changed. As a secondary task, it caches values, so each application doesn't have to parse XML files. (from this page)
No doubt that's also why your Gnome config is a mess.

So what you have to do is diagnose the gconf problem. Is it installed? Is the daemon running? Are file permissions for the conf files set properly?

Hopefully this will give you a starting point. Good luck!
Old 11-03-2004, 12:03 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot for answering.
I know that gconfd is there. I haven't checked the permissions. How can I check if the deamon is running?
I'm usually using KDE when in Linux, not so much Gnome, so I'm ok for the moment, but this error keeps popping up and Gnome is not usable at all.
Old 01-16-2005, 04:51 AM   #5
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me too

I've been having this exact same problem. Gnome is completly wrecked, and the reason the redhat updater isn't working right in KDE is because it trys to go online to check to see what's up, and I can't get online, so yea there you have it, no net=no redhat updater. But I can't figure out for the life of me how to get the net working again!!! HELP!!!!

some other comments- the error I get says that it is unable to contact the configuration server and lists some possible causes as being taht I need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or that I have stale NFS locks due to a systems crash it then lists a gnome site
it also mentions the gconfd file.

when I try to install gnome from the FC3 boot disk I a unable to, in fact it seems like nothing gnome related is working at all (even gedit) any ideas???


> (Details - 1: IOR file '/home/csimion/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened
> successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory 2: IOR file
> '/home/csimion/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located:
> No such file or directory)


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