Comment 63 for bug 651678

Shingi (shingi2009) wrote :

My Gedit was crashing on startup and giving the following error:-

Gtk:ERROR:/build/buildd/gtk+2.0-2.24.20/gtk/gtkrecentmanager.c:2116:get_icon_fallback: assertion failed: (retval != NULL)

I fixed this by following these steps

1. Open terminal
2. Run the command: $ echo 'gtk-icon-theme-name="Tango"' >> ~/.gtkrc-2.0
3. Run the command: $ sudo apt-get install tango-icon-theme
4. Close terminal
5. Create a new text file on your desktop eg: random.txt
6. Double click on random.txt

Problem solved. Now you should be able to run Gedit by double clicking on a file or from the command line ( $ gedit random.txt ) with no problems.