alacarte crashes when no permission to write ~/.config/menus/*

Bug #92272 reported by Higinio Raventós on 2007-03-14
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Alacarte Menu Editor
alacarte (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: alacarte

I am using Feisty. This has been happening to me since Herd1. Everytime I right click on the menus and select "Edit the menus" I get this error.

I can open alacarte through the terminal without problems.

ProblemType: Crash
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Mar 14 17:00:38 2007
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/alacarte
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python2.5
Package: alacarte 0.11.3-0ubuntu1
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcCmdline: /usr/bin/python -OOt /usr/bin/alacarte
ProcCwd: /home/higi
PythonArgs: ['/usr/bin/alacarte']
SourcePackage: alacarte
Uname: Linux HIGILINUX 2.6.20-10-generic #2 SMP Mon Mar 12 00:02:49 UTC 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

Higinio Raventós (higiraven) wrote :
description: updated
Travis Watkins (amaranth) wrote :

You've got broken permissions in your $HOME directory. You can fix them with chown -R higi:higi ~/.config/menus

Changed in alacarte:
status: Unconfirmed → Rejected
montikiki (montikiki) wrote :

The Travis's way to solute the problem works for me

jyk (jykaminski) wrote :

The same solution worked for me on Gutsy.

More precisely I made the following command:

sudo chown -R jeremy:jeremy ~/.config/menus

kalvi (kalvi) wrote :

Yes, the following command solved the problem for me too (8.04). thx.
sudo chown -R username:username ~/.config/menus

Alexander S. Fomin (sashafl) wrote :

 TanX, that works for me to.

Slucky31 (nicolas-dufaut) wrote :

It works for me too

axotolys (axotolys) wrote :

thanks, it's works for me
ubuntu 8.04

Nelson Head (jnhea) wrote :

This occurred when I tried to edit the Applications Menu. I tried the instruction suggested above, but I still get the same crash. It won't let me edit the Applications Menu. I wanted to add a program which I had just downloaded with the package manager to the applications menu.
Any suggestions?

map (mapicella-gmail) wrote :

Perfect! Thank you!


Ryan (ubuntu-draziw) wrote :

Just had this with a 8.10 -> 9.04 alpha system. Same issue of root:root ownership - but the question is how it got that way. I don't think this should be marked invalid.

Ryan (ubuntu-draziw) wrote :

Had this happen on 9.04 too. Issue isn't invalid. Two issues IMHO.
1. How about failing with a message that says what the issue is vs triggering a crash?
2. What is causing the root:root menus ownership change?

Changed in alacarte:
status: Invalid → Confirmed
Andreas Moog (ampelbein) on 2009-03-20
summary: - [apport] alacarte crashed with IOError in save()
+ alacarte crashes when no permission to write ~/.config/menus/*
Andreas Moog (ampelbein) wrote :

Reported the issue upstream:

1. Yes, a message would be helpful, i've attached a patch to the upstream bugreport.
2. If you happen to run alacarte via sudo/gksudo this could happen.

Changed in alacarte (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in alacarte:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in alacarte:
importance: Unknown → Critical


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