Description of problem:
The 'gconfd-2' daemon, which is started up by applications that use GConf, never
exits after all GConf applications quit. This bug was fixed in gconf-2.10.1. I
have attached the patch from the GNOME source repository, which applies fine to
the version of GConf in RHEL4 (2.8.1) and I confirmed it fixes the problem.
This is mainly annoying on public access Unix systems with a large number of
users, because over time these gconf processes will pile up.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The bug is present in the GConf2 RPM from RHEL4 (GConf2-2.8.1-1)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. log into a machine (remotely) and run a program that uses GConf, e.g. 'gedit'
2. note that the program has spawned a 'gconfd-2' process in the background
3. quit the GConf-using program
The gconfd-2 process does not exit, but stays around forever. (You can also
observe this effect by starting an X session with GNOME; after logout, a
'gconfd-2' process will hang around)
The gconfd-2 process should exit within 30 seconds of the time that the last
GConf client program has exited.
This bug was fixed in GNOME sources by a commit on 2005-06-13, labeled:
2005-06-13 Mark McLoughlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fixes bug #306937 - gconfd-2 not shutting down when its
no longer in use.
* gconf/gconfd.c: (no_databases_in_use): account for the
fact that the default database is on the global list of
databases now too.
Currently, this change is revision 1982 to gconf/gconfd.c in the GNOME
Subversion repository for 'gconf'.
The original Bugzilla entry in GNOME CVS is here, which also contains a link to
The patch applies fine to the version of GConf2 in RHEL4 (GConf2-2.8.1-1) and
fixes the problem there as well. I rebuilt the GConf2 RPM including the patch
and the gconfd-2 daemon now exits correctly.
Created attachment 149337 [details]
[PATCH] ensure that gconfd shuts down after all clients exit (from GNOME CVS)
Adding to rhel 4.6 proposed list.
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
devel ack for 4.6
marking MODIFIED for QA, patch building into GConf2-2.8.1-1.el4
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
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