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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Gnome 3.10 fails to start [WORKAROUND] Reply with quote

Yesterday when emerging world, I had an upgrade of Gnome from 3.8 to 3.10. Previously, Gnome 3.8 was working normally for me, and I had made many tweaks to the configuration (fonts, extensions etc). After successful completion of emerge -avDuN world and revdep-rebuild and reboot, startx produced only a black screen, although I could see the mouse cursor arrow and move it normally. I could drop out to a terminal and kill the xserver with Cntl-c. journalctl -rb produced this output during a start of Gnome (starting, at the bottom, from the first message tagged gnome-session):

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Mar 11 11:36:48 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:47 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:47 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:47 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:46 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:46 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:46 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:45 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:45 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:45 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:44 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:44 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:44 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:43 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:43 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:43 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-settings-daemon:355): color-plugin-WARNING **: failed to create device: failed to obtain org.freedesktop.color-manager.create-de
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: onNextFileComplete@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/misc/fileUtils.js:21
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: @/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/misc/fileUtils.js:51
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: done@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/misc/fileUtils.js:33
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: SessionMode<.init/<@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/sessionMode.js:166
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: _emit@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/signals.js:124
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: _sessionsLoaded@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/main.js:122
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: _initializeUI@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/main.js:173
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: Class._construct/newClass@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:248
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: _Base._construct@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:154
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: Panel<._init@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js:913
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: Panel<._updatePanel@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js:1068
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: Panel<._updateBox@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js:1117
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: Panel<._ensureIndicator@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/panel.js:1106
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: Class._construct/newClass@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:248
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: _Base._construct@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:154
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._init@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:139
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:42 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Exception in callback for signal: sessions-loaded: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker metalog[191]: 0>Mar 11 11:36:35 colord: Using device database file /var/lib/colord/storage.db<29>Mar 11 11:36:35 dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker colord[424]: (colord:424): libcolord-WARNING **: lcms2(profile): Failed with error: Corrupted tag 'meta' [12]
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker colord[424]: (colord:424): libcolord-WARNING **: lcms2(profile): Failed with error: Bad dictionary Name/Value [12]
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-settings-daemon:355): IBUS-WARNING **: Unable to connect to ibus: Could not connect: Connection refused
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker colord[424]: (colord:424): libcolord-WARNING **: lcms2(profile): Failed with error: Corrupted tag 'meta' [12]
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker colord[424]: (colord:424): libcolord-WARNING **: lcms2(profile): Failed with error: Bad dictionary Name/Value [12]
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker colord[424]: (colord:424): libcolord-WARNING **: lcms2(profile): Failed with error: Corrupted tag 'meta' [12]
Mar 11 11:36:36 talisker colord[424]: (colord:424): libcolord-WARNING **: lcms2(profile): Failed with error: Bad dictionary Name/Value [12]
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker systemd[1]: Started Manage, Install and Generate Color Profiles.
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.ColorManager'
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker systemd[1]: Started Locale Service.
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.locale1'
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker systemd[1]: Starting Locale Service...
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.locale1' unit='dbus-org.freedesktop.locale1.service'
Mar 11 11:36:35 talisker metalog[191]: <37>Mar 11 11:36:29 gnome-keyring-daemon[353]: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directo
Mar 11 11:36:34 talisker systemd[1]: Starting Manage, Install and Generate Color Profiles...
Mar 11 11:36:34 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.ColorManager' unit='colord.service'
Mar 11 11:36:32 talisker systemd[1]: Started Authorization Manager.
Mar 11 11:36:32 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1'
Mar 11 11:36:31 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activation via systemd failed for unit 'dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service': Unit dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service
Mar 11 11:36:31 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.Avahi' unit='dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service'
Mar 11 11:36:31 talisker systemd[1]: Starting Authorization Manager...
Mar 11 11:36:31 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1' unit='polkit.service'
Mar 11 11:36:31 talisker systemd[1]: Started Daemon for power management.
Mar 11 11:36:31 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.UPower'
Mar 11 11:36:30 talisker systemd[1]: Starting Daemon for power management...
Mar 11 11:36:30 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.UPower' unit='upower.service'
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GPG_AGENT_INFO=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK/gpg:0:1
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK/ssh
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GPG_AGENT_INFO=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK/gpg:0:1
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK/ssh
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK/ssh
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GNOME_KEYRING_PID=356
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-SoxKnK
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker metalog[191]: (uid=1000)<86>Mar 11 11:36:18 su[284]: pam_unix(su:session): session closed for user root<28>Mar 11 11:36:29 gnome-session[330]: WARNING: Cou
Mar 11 11:36:29 talisker gnome-session[330]: gnome-session[330]: WARNING: Could not parse desktop file OpenOffice.org 3.4.desktop or it references a not found TryExec binary


After this I get hundreds of identical messages, repeating:
Code:

Mar 11 11:36:44 talisker gnome-session[330]: DateMenuButton<._updateClockAndDate@/usr/share/gnome-shell/js/ui/dateMenu.js:198
Mar 11 11:36:44 talisker gnome-session[330]: (gnome-shell:418): Gjs-WARNING **: JS ERROR: Error: Argument 'text' (type utf8) may not be null
Mar 11 11:36:43 talisker gnome-session[330]: wrapper@/usr/share/gjs-1.0/lang.js:213


I am guessing that the problem is being caused by some aspect of the clock applet (although this is just a guess), or the tweak that placed it in the top right hand corner of my desktop. I can start Gnome 3.10 by removing my configuration (mv .config/dconf/user .config/dconf/user.old) and running startx. This is the result from journalctl -rb; note the lack of the warnings related to utf8 and ClockAndDate.

Code:

Mar 11 12:04:46 talisker gnome-session[1096]: Entering running state
Mar 11 12:04:46 talisker gnome-session[1096]: Gjs-Message: JS LOG: GNOME Shell started at Tue Mar 11 2014 12:04:46 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Mar 11 12:04:44 talisker systemd[1]: Started Accounts Service.
Mar 11 12:04:44 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.Accounts'
Mar 11 12:04:44 talisker systemd[1]: Starting Accounts Service...
Mar 11 12:04:44 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.Accounts' unit='accounts-daemon.service'
Mar 11 12:04:43 talisker systemd[1]: Started Locale Service.
Mar 11 12:04:43 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.locale1'
Mar 11 12:04:43 talisker systemd[1]: Starting Locale Service...
Mar 11 12:04:43 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.locale1' unit='dbus-org.freedesktop.locale1.service'
Mar 11 12:04:43 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activation via systemd failed for unit 'dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service': Unit dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service
Mar 11 12:04:43 talisker dbus-daemon[190]: dbus[190]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.Avahi' unit='dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service'
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker pulseaudio[1136]: Stale PID file, overwriting.
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker metalog[191]: r 11 11:59:02 fcron[1037]: pam_unix(fcron:session): session closed for user root<77>Mar 11 11:59:02 fcron[1039]: Job rm -f /var/spool/cron/la
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: GPG_AGENT_INFO=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe/gpg:0:1
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe/ssh
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe/ssh
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe/ssh
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: GNOME_KEYRING_PID=1123
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-szvOfe
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: ** Message: couldn't access control socket: /run/user/1000/keyring-JQIjZT/control: No such file or directory
Mar 11 12:04:42 talisker gnome-session[1096]: gnome-session[1096]: WARNING: Could not parse desktop file OpenOffice.org 3.4.desktop or it references a not found TryExec binary


Gnome 3.10 works as it should, but of course I have lost all of my configuration. While I would like to solve this problem, I would also be happy to find a way to disable the clock extension (or, at least, progressively disabling the various customisations I have made to Gnome) from the terminal before starting Gnome 3.10 so that at least I can retrieve the remainder of my configuration. How can I do this? Is there a manual with instructions for configuring Gnome 3 through terminal commands?

Thanks very much if you can answer this question or others related.

Craig


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think there is such guide, but I suspect the settings are (almost) lal in dconf, so try playing with gsettings.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:

try playing with gsettings


Thanks - this is what I was looking for. .config/dconf/user is a binary so I can't modify it directly. If I figure out which extension / tweak / configuration caused Gnome to fail to start, I will post here, but for the moment this will likely provide a workaround.

Craig
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer was that the tweak tool option to show seconds in the clock was causing Gnome 3.10 not to start. From a terminal (with Gnome and X not running) I used:

Code:

dbus-launch gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-seconds-show false


Relaunching Gnome and turning seconds back on caused the behaviour to recur (ie black screen, but with a movable mouse pointer). Also, all the extensions that I had activated were deactivated.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this applies here too. I had an issue with a blank/black screen, even with seconds turned off. The fix for me was actually the locales settings.
I've detailed everything in this post: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-7538254.html#7538254
Basically I found that the system locale had to be UTF8, so for me, I had to switch from en_US, to en_US.utf8.
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