Weird GNOME behaviour (in Dapper and Edgy)

Marius Gedminas marius at
Sat Jan 27 20:00:10 UTC 2007

On Sat, Jan 27, 2007 at 12:12:01PM +0100, Severin Schoepke wrote:
> > On 11/19/06, *Severin Schoepke* <severin.schoepke at 
> > <mailto:severin.schoepke at>> wrote:
> >     But I have a weird problem with both installations: Sometimes Gnome
> >     doesn't allow the creation of new windows: When I'm working and
> >     want to start a new app or open a folder, it happens from time
> >     to time that the app/folder is not started/opened. There's a new
> >     entry in the task bar in the likes of 'Mozilla Firefox wird
> >     gestartet...' (FF is being started in english) that just
> >     disappears after a few seconds. I then can't start applications,
> >     be it via the start menu, a panel launcher, a starter on the
> >     desktop or from a terminal that is already open... Then
> >     suddenly, after 10 minutes or so, the apps finally start/the
> >     windows get opened...

That's strange.  Something like this might happen if your loopback
network interface is not mounted.  Could you send us the output of

> >     I have no idea where the problem lies: I suspect it could be a X
> >     problem, or a window manager problem or maybe a memory problem.

I do not think that's likely.  The symptoms would be different.  I
suspect networking.

> But now I found a new indcation: Everytime this happens, there's a line like
> Jan 27 12:00:44 selle -- MARK --
> in the syslog... Does anyone know which program/daemon/service is 
> printing this line? Maybe this app is the source of all evil?

No.  That message is added to syslog every 20 minutes, just to show that
the machine is still up and working.

Marius Gedminas
I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when
you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
                -- Poul Anderson
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