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Old 07-18-2006, 12:26 PM   #1
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Annoying GNOME Bugs...


I've been having two problems which I believe are GNOME related on my Ubuntu 6.06 LTS installation (AMD64).

1. When I try to log out of my GNOME session (System --> Quit --> [Logout|Shutdown|Reboot]), I see the menu with the different buttons for quitting GNOME. However, when I actually try to do something that should result in a logout, I just get tossed back to my desktop. I can use everything as though I had never attempted to logout. The only way I can actually "logout" is to kill the X session by hitting [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Backspace]. After I kill X, the reboot or shutdown goes as planned.

2. Whenever I add/remove a program that adds/removes a launcher in the Applications menu, clicking on the Applications menu on the upper left-hand corner of my screen causes a lock-up of the panels and usually renders the rest of my GNOME session useless. The only thing I can do is kill the X session, and then manually go and kill processes afterwards.

I have not always had these problems on this computer and I suspect that these problems arose after a system update. I also bet that if I'm experiencing these problems, someone else is as well.

Any ideas?

Old 07-18-2006, 12:40 PM   #2
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1. I had this issue too - another logout try helped me (or was it third?)

2. I've never experienced this, though the last Gnome version I used was the one from Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, updated some two weeks after the first release. I guess either you've done your update after that or it's not generally Gnome-related, but something a bit more specific about your configuration?

I hope you can solve those out. By the way, I did not experience the first problem all the time - only occasionally.
Old 07-25-2006, 11:39 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I think I've actually traced both the logout and lock-up problems to the GNOME panels. For example, I found another thing that will lock-up the system: if I drag one of the panels to another part of the screen, it also locks-up. Actually, it just locks-up the panels--other open programs still respond.

Plus, I've tried killing the session after such a lock-up happens and then re-login, only to get a message that "GNOME found another panel running", meaning that the locked-up panel never died when I kill the session. Stubborn things.

So I'm going to look around for panel bugs, but if anybody knows up front what the problem is, I'd love to hear!

(BTW -- My panels aren't loaded up with very much; I only have GAIM, power applet, NetworkManager, the mixer, and the calendar running.)
Old 07-26-2006, 03:36 PM   #4
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about the first sorry I have never had this issue but the second one you might want to refresh you gnome or gnome panel by doing the following
How to refresh GNOME desktop

killall nautilus

How to refresh GNOME panel

killall gnome-panel

this is done in the terminal


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