gnome-session: does not restore session - could be "upgrade bug"

Teunis Peters teunis at
Mon Nov 17 10:49:05 UTC 2008

Package: gnome-session
Version: 2.24.1-0ubuntu1
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

I have reported this before but have not yet seen any responses that
worked.   I'm not sure how to diagnose it - gnome-session is a little
odd from what I'm used to.

gnome-session while it seems to save session data, does not restore it.

This COULD be an upgrade issue - as for me it hasn't worked for a long
time.   Suggestions very much welcome.

gnome-session has never worked for me on several systems using ubuntu
intrepid.   Worked perfectly on older ubuntu.
I miss having my software re-open automatically (especially the 9+ 
gnome-terminals that I
leave open on current working code directories).
.. I'm not even sure how to verify that it saves the session.   I've
seen no error reported, even saving session manually.
It could even be a permissions problem - but I doubt it.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers intrepid-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'intrepid-updates'), (500, 'intrepid-security'), 
(500, 'intrepid'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.27-6-generic (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_CA.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_CA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gnome-session depends on:
ii  dbus-x11           1.2.4-0ubuntu1        simple interprocess 
messaging syst
ii  gconf2             2.24.0-0ubuntu1       GNOME configuration 
database syste
ii  gnome-control-cent 1: utilities to configure the 
ii  gnome-settings-dae 2.24.0-0ubuntu3       GNOME settings daemon
ii  libc6              2.8~20080505-0ubuntu7 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libdbus-1-3        1.2.4-0ubuntu1        simple interprocess 
messaging syst
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2   0.76-1                simple interprocess 
messaging syst
ii  libgconf2-4        2.24.0-0ubuntu1       GNOME configuration 
database syste
ii  libglade2-0        1:2.6.3-0ubuntu1      library to load .glade 
files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0       2.18.2-0ubuntu2       The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-keyring0  2.24.1-0ubuntu1       GObject bindings for PKCS#11
ii  libgnome2-0        2.24.1-0ubuntu4       The GNOME 2 library - 
runtime file
ii  libgnomeui-0       2.24.0-0ubuntu1       The GNOME 2 libraries (User 
ii  libgtk2.0-0        2.14.4-0ubuntu1       The GTK+ graphical user 
ii  libice6            2:1.0.4-1             X11 Inter-Client Exchange 
ii  libpango1.0-0      1.22.2-0ubuntu1       Layout and rendering of 
ii  libpolkit-gnome0   0.9-1ubuntu1          PolicyKit-gnome library
ii  libpolkit2         0.9-1ubuntu3          library for accessing PolicyKit
ii  libsm6             2:1.0.3-2             X11 Session Management library
ii  libstartup-notific 0.9-1                 library for program launch 
ii  libx11-6           2:1.1.5-2ubuntu1      X11 client-side library
ii  libxau6            1:1.0.3-3             X11 authorisation library
ii  libxrender1        1:0.9.4-2             X Rendering Extension 
client libra

Versions of packages gnome-session recommends:
ii  gnome-panel          1:2.24.1-0ubuntu2.1 launcher and docking 
facility for
ii  metacity             1:2.24.0-0ubuntu1   A lightweight GTK2 based 
Window Ma
ii  nautilus             1:2.24.1-0ubuntu1   file manager and graphical 
shell f
ii  sawfish              1:1.3.3-1           a window manager for X11

-- no debconf information

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