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Sun, Apr. 13th, 2008, 08:32 pm
zon14: GConf Error

Been going through forums and online help and all that about getting GNOME to run on FreeBSD 6.2. It does kinda sorta, but in looking through the error file, I'm finding several startup errors, and decided to tackle the earliest one first, since later ones may go away as well if this one gets solved.

The first error thrown is GConf Error: Bad key or directory name: "/desktop/gnome/screen//0/resolution": Can't have two slashes (/) in a row

Now something somewhere looks like it's trying to mash to pieces of info together, with the end of one having a slash, and the beginning of the second one also having a slash, resulting in the double slash.

Seems like I should be able to use gconftool to straighten this out, but nothing I've seen so far looks right.

So...now what?

Mon, Jul. 7th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)

I took a look at my gconf data on my Linux box (Ubuntu w/GNOME 2.22.2) and I do not have a /desktop/gnome/screen key at all, so I'm not sure what you would put in there, even if you somehow could do a key with // in it.

Do you know which program is trying to access that key? If you can figure that out, you might be able to find out what it's trying to mash together to make a valid key, and fix that instead.

Tue, Jul. 8th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)

I'd have to go back and look some more. I know the error's in the .xsession-errors log file.

The line previous to this one states
/usr/local/etc/gdm/Xsession: Setup done, will execute: /usr/bin/ssh-agent --gnome-session

So I'm guessing it's being called by /usr/bin/ssh-agent?

Wed, Jul. 9th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)

Well, not necessarily, but it's a possibility I suppose. Since it's an XSession log there are going to be several programs running and it's pretty likely they're all going to mash their entries up together.

A related question - do you have the GNOME screen resolution icon in your System preferences menu? Does it work? From a little googling it seems that this particular key is related to GNOME's display management.

Also, is GNOME giving you your full screen resolution or is that one of the problems you're having?

Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)

Sorry to get back so waaaaay late, but finally.

I checked, and the Systems Preferences menu does have a screen resolution icon. From a test, it does seem I can adjust the resolution using it.

I do get the full 1280 X 1024 resolution that I like with this monitor. I'd just like to get GNOME started up without errors really.

Of course, now I've got my hands on a copy of FreeBSD 7.0, and will probably install that, which may set me back to square 1, but we'll see.