Routine upgrade of packages tracking etch has hosed gnome

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Routine upgrade of packages tracking etch has hosed gnome

Chuck Williams-2
Hi all,

I'm tracking etch and installed all upgradable packages on two systems
today, including current etch upgrades to version 6.8.2 of some X
packages.  During the upgrade of one of the systems, but not the other,
I was asked for the default xserver in a configuration question.
Inadvertantly I left the default answer of xorg, while I run XFree86.
The reconfiguration generated an xorg.conf that successfully copied all
the config from my XF86config-4 (even the TwinView settings, etc.).
However, I was left with a version of some core component in gnome that
I'm not familiar with and cannot figure out how to revert.  I've moved
the generated xorg.conf out of the way and restored the default X server
to XFree86 (by doing a dpkg-reconfigure on xserver-xfree86).  However,
my gnome still has these symptoms:
  1.  There is only one virtual desktop instead of 4
  2.  The standard Debian desktop background does not work -- it is
selected, but the background is flat pale blue
  3.  The menus are different.  Instead of Applications and Actions,
I've got Applications, Places and Desktop,  The set of available apps in
the menus is also different.

This is probably something very basic that I'm missing, but can someone
tell my how to get my beloved version of gnome with its 4 virtual
desktops back?

Thanks for any help,

Chuck


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Re: Routine upgrade of packages tracking etch has hosed gnome

Antony Gelberg
Chuck Williams wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I'm tracking etch and installed all upgradable packages on two systems
> today, including current etch upgrades to version 6.8.2 of some X
> packages.  During the upgrade of one of the systems, but not the other,
> I was asked for the default xserver in a configuration question.
> Inadvertantly I left the default answer of xorg, while I run XFree86.
> The reconfiguration generated an xorg.conf that successfully copied all
> the config from my XF86config-4 (even the TwinView settings, etc.).
> However, I was left with a version of some core component in gnome that
> I'm not familiar with and cannot figure out how to revert.  I've moved
> the generated xorg.conf out of the way and restored the default X server
> to XFree86 (by doing a dpkg-reconfigure on xserver-xfree86).  However,
> my gnome still has these symptoms:
>   1.  There is only one virtual desktop instead of 4
>   2.  The standard Debian desktop background does not work -- it is
> selected, but the background is flat pale blue
>   3.  The menus are different.  Instead of Applications and Actions,
> I've got Applications, Places and Desktop,  The set of available apps in
> the menus is also different.
>
> This is probably something very basic that I'm missing, but can someone
> tell my how to get my beloved version of gnome with its 4 virtual
> desktops back?
>

Use Debian stable.  If you can't handle package balls-ups, it's really
not a good idea to run testing or unstable.  Apart from that, have you
checked the BTS?


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Re: Routine upgrade of packages tracking etch has hosed gnome

Chuck Williams-2
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FYI, I resolved this and the follow-on problems fully by:
  1.  Upgrading all X components to version 6.8.2 (from etch repository)
  2.  Upgrading my kernel to 2.6.13.1
  3.  Upgrading to the latest nvidia driver (7676)
  4.  Moving to the xorg xserver
  5.  Reconfigure my virtual workspaces to the desired number (stupid to have forgotten this, but it happened...)

After first fully upgrading X and moving to xorg, before the kernel and driver upgrades, the xserver crashed on start-up with a signal 11.  I suspect the upgrade to the new nvidia driver corrected that problem, although the kernel upgrade could also be relevant as I did that at the same time.

Google searches indicate many people are getting the signal 11 crash using nvidia with the new xorg xserver.  The other essential thing is to ensure that the dri and GLCore modules are not loaded in xorg.conf as they conflict with glx (see /usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0/README.txt).

Chuck

Chuck Williams wrote:
Hi all,

I'm tracking etch and installed all upgradable packages on two systems
today, including current etch upgrades to version 6.8.2 of some X
packages.  During the upgrade of one of the systems, but not the other,
I was asked for the default xserver in a configuration question. 
Inadvertantly I left the default answer of xorg, while I run XFree86. 
The reconfiguration generated an xorg.conf that successfully copied all
the config from my XF86config-4 (even the TwinView settings, etc.). 
However, I was left with a version of some core component in gnome that
I'm not familiar with and cannot figure out how to revert.  I've moved
the generated xorg.conf out of the way and restored the default X server
to XFree86 (by doing a dpkg-reconfigure on xserver-xfree86).  However,
my gnome still has these symptoms:
  1.  There is only one virtual desktop instead of 4
  2.  The standard Debian desktop background does not work -- it is
selected, but the background is flat pale blue
  3.  The menus are different.  Instead of Applications and Actions,
I've got Applications, Places and Desktop,  The set of available apps in
the menus is also different.

This is probably something very basic that I'm missing, but can someone
tell my how to get my beloved version of gnome with its 4 virtual
desktops back?

Thanks for any help,

Chuck


  


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