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Bug 82108 - gnome-session-properies doesn't set the background properly on login
gnome-session-properies doesn't set the background properly on login
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: control-center (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jonathan Blandford
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-01-17 11:46 EST by Nathan G. Grennan
Modified: 2013-04-02 00:17 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-08-20 01:37:01 EDT
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Description Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-17 11:46:54 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.7 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20021216

Description of problem:
gnome-session-properties doesn't set the background properly on login. I have a
black background with the transparent lightrays setup in
gnome-background-properties, but get the default light blue background everytime
on login.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set non-default background
2. logout
3. login

Actual Results:  light blue background

Expected Results:  non-default background

Additional info:

It does show the background settings I set in gnome-background-properties. It
just doesn't set them on login.
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2003-01-17 11:56:56 EST
Do you mean you temporarily have the wrong background during login, or that 
you end up with the wrong one permanently?

In any case, gnome-session isn't involved, afaik.
Comment 2 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-17 12:31:51 EST
Permanently, unless I open gnome-background-properties and clicking between
options to get it to set the background.

What program is supposed to set the background? Might I be missing it from my
Comment 3 Jonathan Blandford 2003-01-17 14:37:33 EST
is gnome-settings-daemon running?  Did it get removed from your session?
Comment 4 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-18 04:51:57 EST
gnome-settings-daemon is running, but I don't see it as part of my session.
Comment 5 Jonathan Blandford 2003-01-18 16:12:11 EST
sounds like gnome-settings-daemon was removed from your session.  Can you save
the session w/ it running, log out, log back in, and confirm that your
background is set when it's part of the session?
Comment 6 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-18 20:14:41 EST
gnome-settings-daemon isn't added to the session list if I select save settings
on exit. It does appear to run on login anyway. I tried adding it to the manual
session and it had no effect.
Comment 7 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-19 13:44:09 EST

Below is part of the patch from the url above that describes why
gnome-setting-daemon wasn't setting my background. RedHat's gnome desktop
defaults to Nautilus. I always disable Nautilus, because I am very unfond of it.
But it has set the gconf setting which gave gnome-settings-daemon that Nautilus
was going to handle the drawing of the desktop. In the past
gnome-settings-daemon and Nautilus would both draw the background. To avoid this
the gconf setting was made. I think the proper way to handle this is to either
not let Nautilus draw the background(gets my vote), or make sure Nautilus runs
before gnome-settings-daemon and if gnome-settings-daemon sees Nautilus running
it doesn't draw the desktop.

+	/* If this is set, nautilus will draw the background and is
+	 * almost definitely in our session.  however, it may not be
+	 * running yet (so is_nautilus_running() will fail).  so, on
+	 * startup, just don't do anything if this key is set so we
+	 * don't waste time setting the background only to have
+	 * nautilus overwrite it.
+	 */
+	if (gconf_client_get_bool (client, "/apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop",
+		return;
Comment 8 Nathan G. Grennan 2004-08-20 01:37:01 EDT
Closing old bug

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