Bug 76366 - Evolution error "Cannot initialize the Evolution shell. Database configuration file not found" (or something like that)
Summary: Evolution error "Cannot initialize the Evolution shell. Database configuratio...
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: evolution   
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Version: 8.0
Hardware: athlon Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
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URL: http://support.ximian.com/cgi-bin/xim...
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-10-20 22:35 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-02-10 02:57:33 UTC
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Terminal output of ls -lR /tmp/orbit-username (11.56 KB, text/plain)
2002-10-21 00:51 UTC, Need Real Name
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Description Need Real Name 2002-10-20 22:35:59 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.6 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020830

Description of problem:
Running in a stock RH KDE. Evolution will not start after launching, instead
returns the error "Cannot initialize the Evolution shell. Database configuration
file not found" (or something like that). On my system, a reboot will fix the
problem, but a login and out will not.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Login to gnome as root or regular user, run Evolution.
2.Log out, then login as a different user to KDE (maybe gnome too, I haven't
tried yet).
3.Try to execute Evolution, error message pops up.
4. Reboot, login as same user that couldn't run Evolution previously, run
Evolution, no problem.

Additional info:
Ximian's solutions (URL above) don't seem to be very useful to the average user,
and they don't seem to apply to RH8 anyway, so I haven't been able to test them.

Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-10-20 23:42:23 UTC
When this happens can you run wombat from a terminal successfully?  If that
works, can you attach the output of `ls -lR /tmp/orbit-username*' and then see
if removing /tmp/orbit-username fixes the problem?

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2002-10-21 00:51:32 UTC
Created attachment 81226 [details]
Terminal output of ls -lR /tmp/orbit-username

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-10-21 00:56:44 UTC
I can run wombat after I get the Evolution error message. And if I remove the
/tmp/orbit-p directory, Evolution fires up just fine. So what's up with that?

Comment 4 Need Real Name 2002-10-25 23:41:30 UTC
It seems that deleting the tmp/orbit-username directory has the side effect of
causing gedit to crash on startup. Logging out and then back in fixes that problem.

Comment 5 John Franks 2002-11-03 22:46:05 UTC
I have this problem also.  Here is some additional information.  The problem
occurs when I run evolution, iconify it, and log out WITHOUT EXITING evolution.
If I then login again and start evolution, I get the "Cannot initialize the
Evolution shell. Database configuration file not found" message.  I can produce
this reliably 100% of the time on one machine and never on another.

When the problem occurs oafd is running, wombat is not running.  Killing oafd
solves the problem.  So does removing /tmp/orbit-user.  A workaround I have used
is to put "killall oafd 2>/dev/null" in ~/.bash_profile.

Comment 6 Jeremy Katz 2003-02-10 02:57:33 UTC
Haven't seen with newer orbit/oaf/evolution in rawhide

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