[Studio XPS 13, Inspiron 531, Studio 16] gnome-settings-daemon crash

Bug #319725 reported by Roger Noriega on 2009-01-21
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Settings Daemon
Won't Fix
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

When using System > Preferences > Screen Resolution: I'm only able to change the screen resolution once. When I try to change the resolution again it does nothing, I have to log out and log back in for the change to take effect. It appears that the gnome-settings-daemon is crashing. I set it to debug mode and the following is displayed. I've also attached the debugging output of the gnome-settings-daemon.

The program 'gnome-settings-daemon' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)'.
  (Details: serial 1413 error_code 8 request_code 158 minor_code 7)
  (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
   that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
   To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
   option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
   backtrace from your debugger if you

This happens when using a closed source driver and attempting to change resolutions with the Screen Resolution tool

Roger Noriega (rnoriega) wrote :
description: updated
Changed in dell:
status: New → Confirmed
Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

I see the issue. The odd part is it only happens when you are going down in resolution and not up. I'm using a XPS using the Nividia driver. To acurately reproduce you have to

1) kill gnome-settings-daemon
2) Run "gnome-setting-daemon --debug --sync --no-daemon"

** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: Loading /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon-2.0/libhousekeeping.so
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: Registering GsdHousekeepingPlugin
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: Creating object of type GsdHousekeepingPlugin
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: GsdHousekeepingPlugin initializing
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: Activating housekeeping plugin
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: Starting housekeeping manager
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: housekeeping: will tidy up in 2 minutes
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: GnomeSettingsManager: emitting plugin-activated housekeeping
** (gnome-settings-daemon:6678): DEBUG: Plugin housekeeping: active
[1233285507,000,xklavier.c:xkl_engine_start_listen/] The backend does not require manual layout management - but it is provided by the applicationdesired is = /home/ubuntu/.config/monitors.xml.desired
reading configuration...
error MATCHESdesired is = /home/ubuntu/.config/monitors.xml.desired
reading configuration...

Jerone Young (jerone) wrote :

Actually the error I point out is common output. Mario's first message points out the error exactly. This may be a problem related to xrandr. The daemon only dies when you move down in resolution and not up.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please try to obtain a backtrace following the instructions at http://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingProgramCrash and upload the backtrace (as an attachment) to the bug report. This will greatly help us in tracking down your problem.

Changed in gnome-control-center:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Incomplete
Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

There's actually a bzr branch attached for working around this issue and a merge request filed for evaluating it.

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon:
status: New → Invalid
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-control-center - 1:2.25.90-0ubuntu2

gnome-control-center (1:2.25.90-0ubuntu2) jaunty; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/111_screen_resolution_vendor_fallback.patch:
    - Fallback to vendor utilties if they are available and RR1.2
      is not supported by the current driver. (LP: #319725)

 -- Mario Limonciello <email address hidden> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:09:25 -0600

Changed in gnome-control-center:
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

marking fixed in Dell project. a workaround is posted at http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.10/Issues/Resolution_Tool_Crash until users upgrade to jaunty.

Changed in dell:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-control-center:
status: Unknown → In Progress
Changed in gnome-control-center:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
Changed in gnome-control-center:
status: In Progress → Won't Fix
Changed in somerville:
status: New → Fix Released
no longer affects: dell
Timothy R. Chavez (timrchavez) wrote :

The bug task for the somerville project has been removed by an automated script. This bug has been cloned on that project and is available here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1305684

no longer affects: somerville
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