Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77661
gnome-panel crashes when panel moved
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
If gnome-panel is moved from its' default position at the bottom of the screen,
Gnome crashes and gets into unusable state. Subsequent attempts to do startx
take half an hour, finishing again in the unusable state. The workarounds are:
1) switchdesk kde 2) remove .gconf, .gconfd, .gnome, .gnome2 files and restart
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install RedHat 8.0.
3. Move gnome-panel from the default position, for example to the left side of
Actual Results: Gnome crashes, tries to start, then crashes again, etc. The
desktop is unusable.
Expected Results: Move the panel correctly.
Already submitted to bugzilla.gnome.org by dozens of people (bug ID 94625). I
believe they have a fix.
Yes, I caused the bug, and wrote the fix also. ;-)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 75138 ***
Note that the simple workaround is to only remove panel config, remove
.gconf/apps/panel. You can even be a lot more precise than that (go in there
with vi or into gconf-editor and just change the "orientation" value of the
panel that has the notification area applet on it)
The workaround does not work. Neither does the workaround 2) in the original
report. They work for a couple of logins, but after that the subsequent logins
take a long time (half an hour or so), and the panel is not there. The only
thing that works is to switch to KDE, at least in my environment.