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    GNOME2 breaks; WindowMaker maintainer wonders how to break that
    Submitted by Johannes on Sunday, November 17, 2002 – 22:28
    GNOMEChristian Marillat has issued a serious warning to Gnome 2 users on debian-gtk-gnome. If you haven’t done it yet, DON’T upgrade bonobo-activation and libbonobo-activation* to the latest version in sid (2.1.0)! You won’t be able to start a Gnome session anymore.

    To date, no fixed packages are available, so if it already has bitten you, the only solution is to downgrade to version 1.0.3

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    Author: conrad
    Date: Monday, 2003/10/13 – 09:25
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    Subject: Regression of bonobo-activation leaves panel broken?
    Author: Courier
    Date: Sunday, 2002/11/24 – 13:25
    I’ve got the “new” (old, 1.0.3) bonobo-activation from last night’s regress, but now the panel won’t start; it’s giving me:

    There was a problem registering the panel with the bonobo-activation server.
    The error code is: 1
    The panel will now exit.

    Anyone out there know what that might mean?

    Followup: bonobo-slay seems to have fixed this.

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    Subject: Just a thought…
    Author: agentz
    Date: Saturday, 2002/11/23 – 20:59
    I’m using unstable, not testing, and I’ve manually downgraded the packages to 0.9.6 to get it to work (although I’ve primarily switched to ion for the time being…). I realize unstable is well… unstable 🙂 but if there’s no upstream solution for over a week, wouldn’t it make sense to fix dependencies in the repository? Even manually downgrading is sort of a pain, because you have to do it every time you do another upgrade or install any package…

    postscript: I just update/upgraded; it appears someone agreed with me. 🙂 bonobo-activation in unstable has been epoched and regressed.

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    Subject: related bug?
    Author: bartvh
    Date: Saturday, 2002/11/23 – 18:03
    Just now, i had another problem where the gconf daemon was eating up all the memory on my machine, and very quickly. The trouble started after I had mistakenly forgotten to hold the bonobo-activation packages during an upgrade. The ~/.gconfd/saved_state file was huge, and apparently this was really causing the gconf problem (as bug #149176).
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    Subject: OK, how do I downgrade to 1.0.3?
    Author: jocknerd
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/21 – 15:52
    I can’t find it on the servers. It’s either 0.9.6 or 2.1.0
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    Subject: Same problem with Gnome2 and Woody!
    Author: smurfd
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/21 – 10:32
    Hmm that problem sounds familiar to me too. But i have Gnome2 and Woody, not Gnome2 and Sid.

    I’ve followed the descriptions at http://people.debian.org/~walters/gnome2.html

    And what happens for me is that if i look in ‘gnome-system-monitor’ then i see that X is chewing up memmory, the most it has chewed up is 300MB. Ill tell you that, when that happened, my box got really slow… One more strange thing is that it started out Yesterday, before that, it had worked fine for about a month (or something like that)

    But i got the ‘right’ version of bonobo-activation ie. v1.0.3 and still i get problems.

    Is there a solution to this problem too?

    Im now in stable Gnome v1.4 (that feels abit stone-age right now, after 1 month with Gnome2)

    Ive also read the Gnome-GTK-Debian mailing list, but all those tips and solutions seems adapted to Sid.

    Im Very eager to get this problem solved, so mail me if you feel like it and think you got a solution..

    It has recently come to my attention, that it wasnt the Gnome2 for Woody that was My problem, it was a gnuAquaSE theme for GTK2, that some how was responsible for my system eating memmory, like the cockie monster.

    Ill come back if and when i got some information on why…


    / smurfd

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    Subject: Stating the obvious
    Author: staun
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/21 – 09:55
    If anyone notices a fix for this, please make sure it is posted on the frontpage. By “fix” I mean fix, not a work-a-round or a hack — i.e. 3 new updated debian packages.

    Best regards,


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    Subject: Think this was fixed in latest CVS head
    Author: grue
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/11/20 – 22:06
    I think I ran across the same problem when I was using vicous-build-scripts to build gnome. Here’s where I found more info on the problem:

    bugzilla 96263

    Hope that helps


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    Subject: temporary workaround
    Author: Bates
    Date: Monday, 2002/11/18 – 03:59
    I’ve discovered a temporary workaround. If you put the following line at the beginning of the Gnome gdm script, you will get most of your functionality (except nautilus, it doesn’t seem to work, so you will have to kill it):

    bonobo-activation-emtpy-server &

    Hope this helps others who have been bitten.


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    Subject: gdm script
    Author: deedah
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/21 – 08:38

    Could you confirm the location of the gdm script — is it /etc/init.d/gdm ?

    Have any non-temporary solutions emerged yet?


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    Subject: gdm script
    Author: aj
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/21 – 21:16
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    Subject: also thanks
    Author: coriordan
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/11/19 – 01:46
    worked like a treat[1], what a relief. I thought I had messed up
    my GNOME installation in yet another way[2][3].

    [1] after changing “emtpy” to “empty”.

    [2] When I log in I get an error dialog:
    Type mismatch:
    Expected list of list, got list of list

    [3] nautilus hasn’t worked in a month or two, it gives some error
    message like “symbol not found: libpango_FT”. I just tried to
    recreate this but instead of the familiar error message, nautilus
    brought my system to it’s knees with tonnes of disk access. (I had
    to killall it, like you also mentioned.)


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    Subject: Nautilus
    Author: krakan
    Date: Friday, 2002/11/22 – 17:50
    A weird thing with nautilus is that it works nicely if you start it from the command line but not from a menu or from .xsession… Anyone else see this or is it just my system that is strangely setup?

    The bonobo-activation-empty-server fix was great though. 🙂

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    Subject: I copy that!
    Author: Dacmot
    Date: Saturday, 2002/11/23 – 02:54
    I copy that.

    My Girlfriend: I love you!
    Me: I love Linux!

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    Subject: pango breakage
    Author: Netsnipe
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/11/20 – 07:56
    Have you tried resyncing your pango configuration yet? i.e. running update-pango-modules and update-pangox-aliases as root? I haven’t seen pango problems being mentioned on debian-gtk-gnome for months now.

    Andrew ‘Netsnipe’ Lau
    Debian GNU/Linux Packager/Maintainer & Computer Science, UNSW
    “Netsnipe’s Law: Linux runs faster when you’re drunk.”

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    Subject: still broken
    Author: coriordan
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/11/20 – 19:28
    I ran those two commands but the error message is still the same:

    nautilus: relocation error: /usr/lib/libpangoft2-1.0.so.0: undefined symbol: FT_Get_First_Char

    I didn’t know about the two programs you mentioned, I’ll have a flick
    through the documentation and see if I can find something else to try.
    This problem only occurs with nautilus though.

    Thanks anyway.

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    Subject: I don’t think…
    Author: rizen
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/11/19 – 07:02
    …you messed it up for #2. I get that same error dialog. I wonder if anyone’s reported it yet.
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    Subject: Re: I don’t think…
    Author: MrCooper
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/11/19 – 12:45
    > I wonder if anyone’s reported it yet.

    Only a couple times on the debian-gtk-gnome list and on the GNOME bugzilla…

    As for #3, that looks like a broken FreeType library lying around somewhere, maybe /usr/X11R6/lib/libfreetype.so* .

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    Author: MrCooper
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/11/19 – 08:45
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    Subject: Thanks!
    Author: nav
    Date: Monday, 2002/11/18 – 11:46
    That works for me, for the most part. I was hoping that if I just didn’t log out this wouldn’t affect me, so I was in Gnome when bonobo crapped out. Luckily I had a terminal open and killed all bonobo processes, ran that, and re-ran gnome-panel.

    As a side note: Evolution doesn’t seem to run either (“Configuration Database not found.”). Not a big deal for me though.

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    Subject: I don’t know why but
    Author: javiernoval
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/11/19 – 02:57
    if I kill X pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del, and then restart session through GDM2, Evolution will say just that. Maybe some state is remembered? (and badly associated with the display or something like that?)
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    Subject: I don’t have that problem
    Author: Bates
    Date: Monday, 2002/11/18 – 15:53
    Evolution works fine for me. It was upgraded recently too, so it might be a problem with that.
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    Subject: Yeah, you’re right.
    Author: nav
    Date: Monday, 2002/11/18 – 18:45
    It’s working again. I have logged out since then though. Something odd was going on *shrug*.
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