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Old 01-25-2009, 05:32 AM   #1
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Distribution: Debian Lenny, Ubuntu 9.04
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X-manager annoying messages !

Hi everybody ...

I use Debian lenny AMD64

I have an .xsession-errors file in my home directory that was getting bigger and bigger each time i logged-in. I assume these errors created by X-manager to report me , that it cannot find all necessary components to load propperly! Anyway Gnome works fine thereafter ...

I hacked into /etc/X11/Xsession file, and found the line of trouble ...
exec >>"$ERRFILE" 2>&1 , which appends errors to .xsession-errors file, so I changed it to exec >"$ERRFILE" 2>&1 Now each time I log-in .xsession-errors is rewritten.

That is a solution to prevent .xsession-errors file become very big (many GB) with the danger to fil all my free partition space.

The question is why X-manager should create those errors in first place,(note: some errors are created, even after an automated installation process) and how can i tell it which components to load so to stop generate errors. In other words, which configuration files should i focus on?

Here's a sample ...
/etc/gdm/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
Window manager warning: Failed to read theme from file /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml: Failed to open file '/usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml': No such file or directory
Window manager warning: Failed to load theme "Clearlooks": Failed to open file '/usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml': No such file or directory
Window manager warning: Failed to read saved session file /home/vasmakk/.metacity/sessions/ Failed to open file '/home/vasmakk/.metacity/sessions/': No such file or directory
Gnome-Message: gnome_execute_async_with_env_fds: returning -1
Gnome-Message: gnome_execute_async_with_env_fds: returning -1
Unable to open desktop file epiphany.desktop for panel launcher


Last edited by vasmakk; 01-25-2009 at 05:33 AM.
Old 01-25-2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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In my experience with at least a dozen distributions X session errors are common. I've always blamed the distribution creators. Let' face it. If you are using a distribution with a huge software repository, such as Debian or SuSE or Red Hat, it is almost impossible for the distribution creators to resolve all problems with each package. If you read the developers' notes you will see that a lot of errors that don't break something are put on a lower priority than errors that prevent things from working. I think that it is simply the result of our software being so huge and so complex that it is not practical for a limited team of people to resolve all of the possible problems in a limited amount of time when they are collecting a large number of applications to create a distribution.

My response to noncritical errors is generally as follows:
alias application="application >/dev/null 2>&1"


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