Bug 819275 - gnome-system-log fails to start
Summary: gnome-system-log fails to start
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-shell
Version: 17
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Owen Taylor
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-05-06 08:03 UTC by Mark Harig
Modified: 2013-08-01 06:32 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2013-08-01 06:32:30 UTC

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Description Mark Harig 2012-05-06 08:03:15 UTC
Description of problem:
When gnome-system-log is selected from the Applications/System Tools sub-menu (item 'Log File Viewer'), it fails to start.  Likewise, if 'gnome-system-log' is entered into the 'Run Application' field after pressing Alt-F2, then the log viewer is not displayed.  If 'gnome-system-log' is entered at a shell prompt from a root log in, then the following error message is displayed in the terminal window:

(logview:23644): gnome-system-log-CRITICAL **: Unable to parse arguments: Cannot open display:

However, if 'gnome-system-log' is entered at a shell prompt of an ordinary, non-root user, then a dialog window is displayed asking for authentication, and the Log Viewer window is displayed as expected.

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

How reproducible:
Every time that gnome-system-log is started using one of the three methods above.  Rebooting does not help.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. See the above description of the problem.
Actual results:
gnome-system-log fails to start.

Expected results:
The Log Viewer window should be displayed.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Matthias Clasen 2012-05-10 00:23:52 UTC
What I get in the shell is something else:

Refusing to render service to dead parents.

Comment 2 Matthias Clasen 2012-05-10 01:30:09 UTC
Tracked this down to the fact that gnome-shell double-forks when launching apps.
Patch at https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=675789

Comment 3 Adam Williamson 2012-05-24 17:57:21 UTC
I can reproduce the problem with alt-f2 in Shell and from the menus in fallback mode, but not from the overview in Shell.

Comment 4 Adam Williamson 2012-05-24 18:01:05 UTC
mclasen: I suspect the bug initially reported - it fails to run from the menus in fallback mode - is not the same as the bug you refer to upstream...

Comment 5 Matthias Clasen 2012-05-25 01:14:31 UTC
I don't know, I haven't tried in fallback mode. Possible that gnome-panel has the same issue when launching applications.

Comment 6 Mark Harig 2012-05-26 03:24:55 UTC
I did not think to report it, but the problem was in fallback mode.  I am not seeing it in "normal" (non-fallback) mode for Gnome.

Comment 7 Didact 2012-07-12 04:03:40 UTC
I am experiencing the same issue in fallback mode.  It doesn't prompt for authentication like other system apps.

Comment 8 Didact 2012-07-12 04:12:16 UTC
in Fallback mode I was able to su at a terminal, NOT su - then run gnome-system-log and it worked...

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