Bug 447192 - Changes to desktop background and fonts are not automatically loaded upon reboot of system.
Summary: Changes to desktop background and fonts are not automatically loaded upon reb...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-desktop
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ray Strode [halfline]
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-05-18 18:01 UTC by Lenore Young
Modified: 2009-07-14 16:19 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 16:19:12 UTC

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Description Lenore Young 2008-05-18 18:01:39 UTC
Description of problem:

Chosen Desktop Background and font choice not loaded after reboot or startup,
until user selects System - Preferences - Look and Feel - Appearance. Desktop
background also looks corrupted until this is done.

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

How reproducible:

Every reboot.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Change system background and font via System - Preferences - Look and Feel -
2. Make changes to desktop background and font choices.
3. Close out of "appearances" window.
4. Reboot.

Actual results:
Desktop background and font have reverted to default selections, mostly, but
desktop background appearance is corrupt (black bar across bottom of screen).
This will automatically "fix" itself however, if user returns to System -
Preferences - Look and Feel - Appearance. Without making any changes other than
switching between tabs, the desktop background and font will change to previous

Expected results:

Desktop background choices and font choices should save and load upon login.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Lenore Young 2008-05-25 21:03:53 UTC
Further info:

This seems to only occur when you use a desktop that is a solid color only,
rather than a picture. I changed the desktop to a picture through Desktop
Appearances, and the problem seems to have gone away. Hopefully that info will
help you track down what's causing the problem, as it was quite annoying until I
found the workaround.

Comment 2 Sterling Winter 2008-05-30 16:42:31 UTC
The issues described above may be unrelated. I can't reproduce the font problem
but I've experienced unwanted background reversion under the "No Wallpaper"
setting. The latter problem can be reproduced without rebooting -- assuming you
currently have a wallpaper set as your background, do the following:

1. Go to: System -> Preferences -> Look and Feel -> Appearance -> Background

2. Select the "No Wallpaper" thumbnail in the chooser then click Close. As
expected the background image should disappear, leaving you with a simple graded
or single-colored background

3. Trigger the bug. Launch the Appearance Preferences app again as you did in
Step 1 but don't switch to the Background tab. You should observe the background
reverting on its own to the default Waves wallpaper, regardless of whichever
wallpaper you started with (and if you have an uncommon monitor resolution you
may notice the wallpaper isn't properly fitted to the screen as it would be if
you had selected the wallpaper manually). Don't do anything else here, just
click Close.

4. By triggering the bug again the settings will correct themselves. Launch the
Appearance Preferences app once more and switch to the Background tab. The "No
Wallpaper" preference should automatically re-apply itself to the background
without you having to select anything in the chooser.

After disabling nautilus-2.22.1-hide-white-screen.patch in nautilus.spec then
rebuilding and reinstalling the RPM, the bug is no longer reproducible. Dropping
this patch presumably breaks what the patch originally tried to fix however.
Upon inspection the patch seems to fail to handle the "No Wallpaper" case
properly, since it should be testing the GConf key
/desktop/gnome/background/picture_options for a value of "none". I hope to post
a corrected version of the patch soon.

Comment 3 Sterling Winter 2008-05-31 15:09:22 UTC
A fix isn't so straightforward. In Fedora's current Gnome 2.22 release
background handling is spread across nautilus, control-center, and
gnome-desktop, and the state logic involved in the "no wallpaper" case is
convoluted and brittle. This is probably why libbackground is being phased out
upstream [1]. The changeover obsoletes the
nautilus-2.22.1-hide-white-screen.patch mentioned in my previous comment.
Efforts toward resolving this bug are probably better spent backporting
upstream's changes to Nautilus [2] and the other packages.

[1] http://mail.gnome.org/archives/nautilus-list/2008-May/msg00045.html
[2] http://www.daimi.au.dk/~sandmann/libbgaway.patch

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Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 16:19:12 UTC
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