Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 88082
gnome-dictionary annoyance: window opens for no reason
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:52:47 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have the gnome dictionary installed in my GNOME panel so I can type in a word
and look it up. When I login there is an empty gnome-dictionary window opened
by this applet (as if I were trying to look up "", the empty string).
This did not happen in RH8.0 and I don't understand what the point of the empty
dictionary window is.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Due to another bug I can't retreive the version of the gnome-dictionary applet.
It is the version that comes with RH9.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Put gnome-dictionary on your GNOME panel.
2.Log out and save the settings for GNOME.
3.Log back in.
Actual Results: A definition window is opened when I log in.
Expected Results: The applet on the panel should load but not open a window for
showing me the definition of a word until I type in a word to define.
gnome-dictionary installed itself on my GNOME panel to run as "gnome-dictionary
-a". The -a is undocumented so I don't know what it means and I did not modify
the option in any way.
Do you have a gnome-dictionary saved in your session?
(Look in gnome-session-properties or in the file ~/.gnome2/session)
I do have a gnome-dictionary saved in my session (as instructed, I looked in the
file ~/.gnome2/session and found some dictionary entries:
$ grep -i gnome-dictionary ~/.gnome2/session
2,CloneCommand=gnome-dictionary --sm-config-prefix /gnome-dictionary-cSP2q3/
2,RestartCommand=gnome-dictionary --sm-config-prefix /gnome-dictionary-cSP2q3/
--sm-client-id 117f000001000104968748300000029060000 --screen 0
I lose the dictionary entries in that file when I remove the dictionary lookup
input area+lookup button from my GNOME panel.
Also I have no idea what to do with this file to make the dictionary window stop
coming up when I log in. I'm also at a loss for documentation that explains the
behavior I'm seeing. And finally, I don't understand why I did not see this
behavior when I did the same thing under RH8.0 (adding the GNOME dictionary
prompter to my panel did not prompt me when I logged in).
It looks like it might be http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=101508
The reason it wasn't in 8.0 and isn't in the docs is that it isn't intentional
There was a fix for applets connecting to the session manager added to 9
(the problem with applets connecting was introduced by a bonobo-activation
change also in 9), but gnome-dictionary may work differently from the
other applets since it has the small application associated with it
so perhaps it didn't get fixed.
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I checked out the GNOME Bugzilla and that
is indeed the same problem. Thanks for pointing me to that entry. I'll leave
it to someone who knows more than I do how to close this bug and make it a
duplicate of a bug on another Bugzilla.
Okay, sounds like this is fixed in Fedora Core 1/2. Please re-open if not.