Desktop annoyance #3: Desktop Applets frequently break during login

David A. Cobb superbiskit at
Mon Feb 8 17:49:28 GMT 2010

  On 02/06/2010 01:06 AM, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 06, 2010 at 04:55:47AM +0000, Bob Hazard wrote:
>> You can reload the panel without having to log out.  Press Alt-F2 and
>> type   killall gnome-panel   in the run dialog.  The panel will reload
>> automatically after you kill it.
>> If you are short of resources you might want to try installing a
>> lighter desktop such as OpenBox
> Or just turn off Visual Effects in System>  Preferences>  Appearance
I just checked, and I already have Visual Effects == "None."
>> On 5 February 2010 16:13, David A. Cobb<superbiskit at>  wrote:
>>> ?If I don't wait a LONG TIME ( maybe 20 Minutes ) with the GDM login screen
>>> displayed, before trying to login, there is a very high probability I will
>>> get several "Error: There was a problem loading Gnome Applet __ whatever.
>>> Delete [ ], or Don't Delete [ ]." boxes.
>>> Pretty consistently, if I immediately log OUT, then log back in, the same
>>> things will load without problems.
>>> The other "annoyances" are plausibly "just" resource shortages. ?This one
>>> smells more like a race condition when gnome-panel is trying to start its
>>> applets.
Try this on. Hypothesis: Configuration data that Gnome can cache for a 
fast-load is invalidated by apt when it runs triggers for menu. The race 
condition involves the order in which gnome-panel is launching the 
applets. Here is a peculiar commonality: the applets that fail are all 
anchored on the RIGHT side of the panel -- can the failure be in the way 
the applet panel-display shifts position to accommodate displays on 
their right side?
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