[Bug 38180] gnome-panel keeps on crashing - .recently-used file problem

Claudio Bernardini claudiob at comvert.com
Wed Apr 5 12:30:47 UTC 2006

Public bug reported:

Affects: gnome-panel (Ubuntu)
       Severity: Normal
       Priority: (none set)
         Status: Unconfirmed

We've stepped into a critical problem for the gnome desktop. Gnome-panel
keeps on crashing if the user opened a folder with a name containing the
'&' symbol in its name so that it is written in the file ~/.recently-

The folder was created by a linux user (running Ubuntu Hoary 5.10) on a
nfs share in our network. The cause could be related to a text encoding
issue but gnome-panel could send a warning instead of crashing and
setting the desktop in a totally unusable state.

In the file ~/.xsession-errors this issue was tracked

Steps to reproduce the problem:

1 - Create a folder eith name 'Folder & Crash'
2 - Copy a file in that folder (we used an OOo file)
3 - Open the file with proper application
gnome-panel keeps on crashing - .recently-used file problem

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