Bug 75142 - Changing fonts in sawfish crashes the X server
Changing fonts in sawfish crashes the X server
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sawfish (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
David Lawrence
: MoveUpstream, Triaged
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Reported: 2002-10-04 15:21 EDT by Ted Clark
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:47 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-01-12 23:01:04 EST
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Description Ted Clark 2002-10-04 15:21:03 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.5 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020809

Description of problem:
Changing the fonts in sawfish will sometimes crash the X server.  I am unable to
open an xterm or switch to a virtual console using ctrl-alt-fn; I have to reboot
the system with the power switch.  The mouse point will still move around, but
the window list, workspace switcher, desktop menu, etc. do not work.  Once in a
while sawfish will crash and can be restarted, but most of the time I have to
reboot the system.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Change fonts in sawfish until the system hangs.

Actual Results:  Eventually the system will hang and will have to be rebooted.

Expected Results:  It should be possible to change fonts without hanging the system.

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related to bug #75140
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-10-04 15:40:22 EDT
If the X server is crashed, then that is an X server bug.

If sawfish is just sticking a server grab it's a Sawfish bug and should be moved
to http://bugzilla.gnome.org

You can tell if it's sawfish's fault by doing a "killall sawfish" while things
are stuck; if killing sawfish fixes the problem, it was a stuck grab.

You may need to Ctrl+Alt+F1 to a console, or ssh into the machine, to kill sawfish.
Comment 2 Ted Clark 2002-10-04 15:43:58 EDT
Ctrl-Alt-F1 doesn't work after the crash.  I will have to enable ssh and get
back to you...
Comment 3 Ted Clark 2002-10-07 12:19:19 EDT
I can ssh in from another system and kill sawfish, so this problem appears to be
related to a stuck server grab.
Comment 4 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-12 23:01:04 EST
Upstream as http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=103322

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