Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 84426
oafd is left running after logging off
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:51:18 EDT
Description of problem:
After logging on and off via Gnome, oafd is left running. This is a problem in
an environment where multiple login clients share the same home directory from a
server, because it results in an error message about one's preference files
still being in use when one logs into another machine.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log into a machine which is in an NFS/NIS or NFS/LDAP environment in which
login directories are stored on a central machine.
2. Log off of that machine and into another one on the same machine.
A popup box appears on the second login, "Your preference files are in use on
No such message.
I am attributing this problem to oafd since it is the one process left running
after a login/logoff sequence.
oafd is GNOME 1.4 stuff, GNOME 2 in 8.0 should not start it. Evolution may start
it if you run Evolution.
the preferences message is in fact about gconfd, but gconfd should be existing
after 2 minutes without use (which is probably why you don't notice that process
by the time you're looking for it).
http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ also describes a workaround setting
GCONF_LOCAL_LOCKS env variable.
Thanks for both pieces of info. You're correct that I'm running Evolution. I
suppose this should be marked resolved somehow, but I'm not sure; it isn't
exactly NOTABUG but seems to be scheduled to be fixed in Gnome 2.2 judging from
the text at the above link.
well, I'm not sure it's notabug, but probably the evolution guys are planning
to fix it by moving to gnome 2, so it all comes out the same. you might
search bugzilla.ximian.com, may be more info there.
I just see the same thing on all of our boxes after a fresh install of 8.0.
On every box there are about 10 oafd processes running from different users.
This is a huge mess.
Wow! I just found a box with 30 oafd processes running, using 25% of the memory.
BTW, even on a current beta system, evolution does not seem to be the only
program using oaf:
$ rpm -q --whatrequires oaf
those other packages are all libraries, evolution is the only app that uses it.
I am seeing a similar occurence on Advanced Server 2.1 runing Oracle 9iAS. The
oafd process is remaining long after I log off of the oracle user ID, even with
all Oracle processes shutdown. The Gnome RPM is 184.108.40.206 in Red Had Enterprise
Linux Advanced Server 2.1
UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD
oracle 6267 1 0 09:20 ? 00:00:00 oafd --ac-activate --ior-
Any ideas how to get this to go away?
Rendered irrelevant with the move to Evolution 1.4, there should not be any apps
starting up oafd anymore.