crashing apps

Jean-François Wauthy pollux at
Sun Mar 14 13:02:22 CET 2004

Le dim 14/03/2004 à 10:49, Brian J. Tarricone a écrit :
> remember a week or 2 ago when i mentioned that some apps being launched 
> by the xfdesktop menu were immediately segfaulting?  danny followed up, 
> saying that even with a mini test program using xfce_exec(), he could 
> reproduce the crashing, or he sometimes ended up with apps hanging.  
> i've talked to a couple people in #xfce with one or both problems.
> in moving all the menu code into a gmodule, i rewrote large portions of 
> it (iirc, the only thing left that i didn't touch is the menuspec 
> stuff).  the crashes are still there.  edscott mentioned using electric 
> fence to try to catch any possible illegal memory references, but it 
> didn't come up with anything.
> here's the weird part.  for me, the only two apps that crash (so far) 
> from the menu are gedit and gnome-terminal.
i've the same problem with firefox (and previously firebird) and
evolution (and even when launching it with xfrun4); really weird, i
"fixed" the problem by setting "term=yes" in the menu but it's annoying.

>  _but_, they only crash 
> sometimes.  if i have a gnome-terminal or gedit window already open 
> (launched from eterm or the panel), and i try to run either from the 
> menu, they load fine.  this somewhat makes sense, since i believe both 
> of them first check for running instances and have the already-running 
> instance spawn another window.  now the odd thing.  if gedit is open, 
> and i run gnome-terminal from the menu, gnome-terminal runs 
> successfully.  (the reverse also works.)  this is really bizarre.
> mantaz (from #xfce) said he's seeing danny's problem of apps hanging 
> without starting...  this doesn't appear to be just xfdesktop either.  
> jimmiejaz said gaim crashes if he runs it from the panel, but not from a 
> terminal.
> the one constant (so far) seems to be that running things from xfrun4 
> works fine.
seems not :-(
> i'm not sure what to do.  i'm tempted to just ignore it for the time 
> being, in the hopes that it will magically fix itself when something 
> else gets fixed/changes.  but it really bothers me...
>     -brian
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