Bug 202222 - gnome-screensaver fails to activate
gnome-screensaver fails to activate
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dbus (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
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Reported: 2006-08-11 13:12 EDT by Mark
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-08-16 09:55:17 EDT
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2006-08-14 08:22 EDT, Mark
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Description Mark 2006-08-11 13:12:02 EDT
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):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. See description
Actual results:
Screen saver activates.

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Additional info:
Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-08-11 13:32:41 EDT
do you use gdm or "startx" ?

what is the output of 


Comment 2 Mark 2006-08-14 08:22:40 EDT
Created attachment 134133 [details]
Results of commands

I am using gdm.

The attached file contains the results of 

ps -ef | grep dbus
Comment 3 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-08-14 09:12:26 EDT
are you running a custom kernel without abstract sockets support?
Comment 4 Mark 2006-08-14 11:00:31 EDT
No. I currently have kernel-2.6.17-1.2157_FC5.x86_64.rpm installed.
Comment 5 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-08-14 11:08:59 EDT
what is the output of /usr/sbin/getenforce ?
Comment 6 Mark 2006-08-15 08:58:51 EDT

I also tried Permissive just for fun. No changes in response.
Comment 7 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-08-15 12:24:12 EDT
Well this is clearly some sort of d-bus issue.  John, do you have any ideas?
Comment 8 John (J5) Palmieri 2006-08-15 13:24:23 EDT
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.
Comment 9 Mark 2006-08-16 08:01:17 EDT
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
re-installed it.
Comment 10 Ray Strode [halfline] 2006-08-16 09:55:17 EDT
Hi John,

Thanks for help. I'm going to close the bug, Mark, since it seems like it may
have been a one off problem.

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