Bug 861650 - gnome-shell fails to start with Nvidia drivers
gnome-shell fails to start with Nvidia drivers
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-shell (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Owen Taylor
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-09-29 13:38 EDT by Andrew Meredith
Modified: 2013-08-01 03:09 EDT (History)
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Description Andrew Meredith 2012-09-29 13:38:34 EDT
Description of problem:

Starting gnome-shell with the rpmfusion proprietary nvidia drivers results in gnome-shell exiting with the message:

(gnome-shell:4555): Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: Unable to find suitable fbconfig for the GLX context: Failed to find any compatible fbconfigs

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How reproducible:

Every time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in
Actual results:

A screen with just backdrop and no menus

Expected results:

Gnome3 UI

Additional info:

There are various similar issues on bugzilla and other sites, but they are a year or so old and have been fixed. This issue showed up in the last few days and cannot be fixed with the workarounds given.

The workaround I have found is as follows.

1 - Remove the rpath from the gnome-shell binary using:

    # chrpath -d /usr/bin/gnome-shell

2 - Add ld.so.conf paths /usr/lib64/gnome-bluetooth & /usr/lib64/gnome-shell ..  I did this by creating two files:

   /etc/ld.so.conf.d/gnome-shell.conf (containing /usr/lib64/gnome-shell)
   /etc/ld.so.conf.d/gnome-bluetooth.conf (containing /usr/lib64/gnome-bluetooth)

3 - Run as root "ldconfig"

This allows the glx shared objects specific for nVidia to be loaded, rather than the generic glx stuff from /usr/lib64
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