Is it just me, or is LTSP a mess?

Todd O'Bryan toddobryan at
Wed Sep 10 12:27:03 BST 2008

On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 5:05 AM, David Van Assche <dvanassche at>wrote:

> I've taken a look into the email in question, and can answer some
> questions. I in no way am affiliated with canonical, though I do work
> within the ed/ubuntu community. Firstly, Scott mentions not using
> 8.04, clearly you should upgrade as that will solve 50% of your
> issues... the other issues are all valid, and I guess the problem is
> one of communication between developers and end users. Lets address
> the issues seperately:
> - The gnome lingering process problem
> Agreed.. this is a heavy issue that is a pain in the behind, but it is
> not LTSP centric... the fault lies with gnome. Right now the
> workaround is a watchdog script, which seems to work ok, but is by no
> means a fix... This needs to be tackled from the gnome side... Right
> now the solution is in monitoring and ending misbehaving processes
> through the script or by hand via pkill -u or killall. It makes sense
> to clean all processes at least 1 time per day... consider it
> maintenance.

I'm actually running the gnome-watchdog package that Philipp Hanselmann
wrote. It's not working, he's never tested it on 8.04, so it's hardly his
fault. I sent an email asking if I had to do something extra to make it
start working and got no answer.

Also, note that, useful as gnome-watchdog is, it's not in any of the
official repos. Given that it's essential, someone official should have
adopted it and pulled it into the repos.

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