OpenOffice insert graphics, print and sometimes save=frozen client

Jim Kronebusch jim at winonacotter.org
Fri Sep 14 04:16:27 BST 2007


Well here I have been trying to figure out how to keep Firefox from freezing clients,
and now I see OpenOffice is a major culprit as well.  The best I can do to repeat the
problem for troubleshooting is to create a new Writer document, insert a few graphics
from openclipart (5 seems to be plenty), then try printing to one of our HP LaserJet
4000 printers, mouse gets a little jerky, sometimes graphics pop up all over the top of
the screen, then before anything prints the client locks up.

I have monitored CPU/Memory usage with htop on the server, with htop in screen 1 on the
client, with xrestop on the client from screen 7, memory usage with free on screen 1,
and can not find a single spike in anything that seems to lead up to the freeze. 
However if I look at /home/username/.xsession-errors I do see some funky stuff that
might start to tell a story.  See below, I added some comments to help see a timeline:

First cleared all stale processes for the user then boot client
-- Log in as user, results below
Xsession: X session started for jim at Thu Sep 13 14:58:58 CDT 2007
Setting IM through im-switch for locale=en_US.
Start IM through /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/all_ALL linked to /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default.
SESSION_MANAGER=local/ltsp:/tmp/.ICE-unix/9593
Initializing gnome-mount extension
modinfo: could not find module fglrx
modinfo: could not find module nvidia_legacy
modinfo: could not find module nvidia_new
modinfo: could not find module nvidia

(gnome-panel:9651): Gtk-WARNING **: gtk_widget_size_allocate(): attempt to allocate
widget with width -1 and height 24
--Start OpenOffice no errors
--Add in clipart, no errors
--Print to LaserPrinter, errors below
libGL error: open DRM failed (Operation not permitted)
libGL error: reverting to (slow) indirect rendering
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x280005f (OpenOffice)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.
--client now frozen

The errors are not exactly the same every time.  Sometimes the client freezes sooner
than others.  I can also reproduce some errors on saving a file or while simply making
changes to a document with the graphics already inserted.  But printing seems to be a
sure fire way to freeze every time.

I have un-installed xterminator, scim, and DIRECTX support thinking they may be a
problem.  No effect.

I remember a couple of weeks ago David Trask reported similar problems when working in
Writer and Impress.

Below are some more errors I have seen, maybe some extra errors will give more clues:
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x260005d (OpenOffice)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x2600169 (german - O)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x280005d (OpenOffice)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x280005d (OpenOffice)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.** (gnome-printer-view:7072): CRITICAL **:
gnome_cups_request_new_for_printer: assertion `gnome_cups_printer_get_attributes_initializ
ed (printer)' failed

** (gnome-printer-view:7072): WARNING **: Neither request nor output_fd set
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x2a00003 (CHS_Main_L)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.

Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x280005d (OpenOffice)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.
Window manager warning: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp
of 0 for 0x280017a (german - O)
Window manager warning: meta_window_activate called by a pager with a 0 timestamp; the
pager needs to be fixed.

If anyone has any suggestions to try and get this resolved, please let me know.

Thanks,
Jim Kronebusch

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