Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 202222
gnome-screensaver fails to activate
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:40 EST
Description of problem: gnome-screensaver fails to activate. I had xscreensaver
installed and it worked correctly. I uninstalled xscreensaver. gnome-screensaver
does not activate. If I try gnome-screensaver-command on the command line I get
a dbus error, failed to connect to socket. (I also get this error when I enter
dbus-monitor on the command line). I tried re-installing xscreensaver and it
also no longer works. I tried re-installing gnome-screensaver and the dbus
components with no improvement. I have not tried re-installing gnome-session.
I also noticed that the screensaver preferences application does not get
correctly updated on the menus.
I would be willing to fix the problem by manually editting configuration files,
etc, but as yet I have been unable to determine how the screen saver daemons are
started and mechanism used by the system to determine which screen saver to
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. See description
Screen saver activates.
do you use gdm or "startx" ?
what is the output of
Created attachment 134133 [details]
Results of commands
I am using gdm.
The attached file contains the results of
ps -ef | grep dbus
are you running a custom kernel without abstract sockets support?
No. I currently have kernel-2.6.17-1.2157_FC5.x86_64.rpm installed.
what is the output of /usr/sbin/getenforce ?
I also tried Permissive just for fun. No changes in response.
Well this is clearly some sort of d-bus issue. John, do you have any ideas?
Different version of D-Bus installed on his system. Either from source or a
failed upgrade and clean. Check to see if you have a dbus-daemon in /usr/bin.
Yes. There was a /usr/bin/dbus-daemon and /usr/bin/dbus-cleanup-sockets. Once I
removed them, logged out and back in, gnome-screensaver worked as expected.
Here is what I think had happened. I upgraded this system from FC4 to FC5
shortly after FC5 was released. Apparently those two files did not get cleaned
up with the dbus upgrade. But I did not notice a problem because I was using
xscreensaver. The problem became apparent when I removed xscreensaver a couple
of weeks ago. It is still a mystery to me why xscreensaver did not work when I
Thanks for help. I'm going to close the bug, Mark, since it seems like it may
have been a one off problem.