odd behavior when out of /tmp space

Ricardo Nabinger Sanchez rnsanchez at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 14:03:41 CET 2006


I've just booted on a FreeBSD with no space left in its /tmp
directory, and XFCE started as if I had never configured it, specially
when it comes to fonts and .Xdefaults.

I have a very customized .Xdefaults, and any terminal I opened
(xfterm4, xterm or rxvt) started with the ugly (IMHO) defaults (black
text on white, ...).  also, fonts were crazy: gkrellm displayed tiny
fonts (almost unreadable, appearing to have less than 6 px), while
firefox showed up with huge fonts (16 or 13 px).  after "discovering"
I was out of /tmp space, I cleaned it up and restarted XFCE. 
everything is fine now.

from this odd behavior, I'd suggest either to XFCE display a warning
("you're out of /tmp space, things may work oddly") or, preferably,
try its best to use what is told in ~/.gtkrc-2.0 and ~/.Xdefaults
(perhaps by using a "temporary" temp dir under the users' home, like
~/.tmp-XXXXXX and cleaning it up afterwards).

by the way: XFCE4 is definitely my favourite wm.  I run it on every
machine I can choose a wm, with great satisfaction (speed, beautiful,
usability, ...).

thanks in advance, and kudos to all XFCE-developers! :)

Ricardo Nabinger Sanchez
GNU/Linux #140696 [http://counter.li.org]
Slackware Linux + FreeBSD

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