crashing apps

Jean-François Wauthy pollux at
Sun Mar 14 20:53:19 CET 2004

Le dim 14/03/2004 à 13:02, Jean-François Wauthy a écrit :
> 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 correct it : doesn't work when xfrun4 is launched from the desktop
menu but WORKS when started from a terminal ! Sorry Brian it seems it
your part that is causing prbls... :-(

> > 
> > 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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Jean-François Wauthy <pollux at>
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