Bug 1384596 - gnome-boxes: starting fails without any feedback
Summary: gnome-boxes: starting fails without any feedback
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-boxes
Version: 25
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Christophe Fergeau
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-10-13 15:44 UTC by Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek
Modified: 2018-01-25 10:27 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:59:48 UTC
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Description Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2016-10-13 15:44:10 UTC
Description of problem:
Clicking on gnome-boxes icon shows a spinning cursor for a moment and then nothing. Starting it from a terminal prints "Failed to register: Timeout was reached".

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Expected results:
Useful error information. Since this is a graphical app for new users, it must show some window with an error if things go wonky.

Additional info:
The VM I'm testing this in has a read-only /home. Might be related, dunno.

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Comment 3 axel simon 2018-01-24 22:54:01 UTC
This bug is still present in F27.
I was running a VM which crashed, which threw me back to gnome-boxes main interface.
I couldn't start the VM again from there and many options where missing from the box (VM's) options (such as adjusting RAM).

I closed gnome-boxes and couldn't reopen it.

Starting it from the terminal gives the error initially reported in this bug.

Starting it with strace gives this:

write(6, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 8)         = 8
futex(0x56136da64d80, FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE, 1) = 1
futex(0x56136da64940, FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE, 1) = 1
futex(0x56136da5b058, FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE, 1) = 1
openat(AT_FDCWD, "/usr/lib64/charset.alias", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
write(2, "Failed to register: Timeout was "..., 40Failed to register: Timeout was reached
) = 40
poll([{fd=3, events=POLLIN}], 1, 0)     = 0 (Timeout)
write(6, "\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0", 8)         = 8
futex(0x56136da64d80, FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE, 1) = 1
futex(0x56136da64940, FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE, 1) = 1
poll([{fd=3, events=POLLIN}], 1, 0)     = 0 (Timeout)
futex(0x7fbc80fc49f4, FUTEX_WAKE_PRIVATE, 2147483647) = 0
getpid()                                = 29602
getpid()                                = 29602
exit_group(1)                           = ?
+++ exited with 1 +++

I checked and indeed, /usr/lib64/charset.alias doesn't exist. (But I suspect it did before). I will check on reboot if it is there again.

Christophe, can we reopen this bug?

Comment 4 axel simon 2018-01-25 10:27:16 UTC
More info.
I realised gnome-boxes was actually still running:
pgrep -af gnome-boxes
23820 /usr/bin/gnome-boxes --gapplication-service

Trying to start 'gnome-boxes --gapplication-service' gave:
Failed to register: Unable to acquire bus name 'org.gnome.Boxes'

But killing gnome-boxes with 'pkill gnome-boxes' was enough to free it up and I was then able to start it using simply 'gnome-boxes.

From that point, some of my boxes loaded fine (Debian 9) others still had trouble starting (Win 10). This last issue seems unrelated.

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