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Old 09-15-2004, 11:44 PM   #1
Stan the caddy
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Gnome acting very funny


HI
I had been trying to get MPlayer working for quite awhile, i finaly got it to play video, however when i stoped it i noticed it filled the directory(and my hard drive) with a .png image for each frame! so i logged out of gnome and logged back in as root to delete them and everything in gnome was very messed up.
1)I couldnt see or use my workplace switcher, however when i moved my mouse over
where it should be i could get preferences and such.
2) No widnows had frames around them (close minimize matimize title etc.)
3) When i would open something it would only stay on my task bar for like 5sec then
dissapear but the window would stay
4)Unable to type in text feilds.

When i logged back in as user everything was still messed up. KDE however still works fine.
Please help!

Thanks
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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Why did you log out and back in as root to delete the pngs? If you created them, you (should) be able to delete them again. Also, what directory were the PNG files in, and what command did you use to delete them?
 
Old 09-16-2004, 11:29 AM   #3
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I loged in as root because there was so many of them that it was easyer to delete them in a graphical window by selecting all and deselecting the non-png files (i think there was like 6000 of them). MPlayer had dumped them all right into the /
Gnome was behaving like this as soon as i reloged (before i deleted the files)

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Old 09-16-2004, 06:15 PM   #4
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I guess I still don't understand why you couldn't select the files as your normal user... If you have a large number of PNGs to delete, and you know there are no PNG files you want to keep, you can delete them all from the console with:

cd /
rm *.png

I would think that would be quicker than selecting/deselecting a bunch of files, and if you do it as a regular user you usually don't run the risk of damaging the system. Of course, your regular user somehow already had permission to write to the root folder, which is a bit worrying.

If gnome is still misbehaving, it's going to be tricky to figure out what happened, and trickier to repair - perhaps it's time you upgraded to the latest version of gnome?
 
Old 09-16-2004, 07:12 PM   #5
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Well i didnt know about the *.png thing (new to linux), but i really dont see how the way i deleted the .pngs has anything to do with my problem.

Anyways ya i guess ill try and reinstall gnome or just reinstall the whole OS if it gives me too much problems...
 
Old 09-18-2004, 02:12 PM   #6
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I asked because it was possible you did something like rm -r *.png, and deleted a bunch of gnome image files along with the erroneous files... since you didn't use the command line, this seems less likely (if you had deleted a major directory by mistake, you would likely have a lot more problems than just gnome failing).
 
Old 09-18-2004, 02:57 PM   #7
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remove the *.png's and try if the prob is gone (maybe they filled the harddisk up). if that doesn't work delete your .gnome* stuff in your home directory - notice: you'll loose custom modifications. if that also dosn't work remove everything in your home/ reinstall gnome.

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