Compiz crashes in Gnome-Fallback mode after switching workspaces

Bug #905343 reported by RK on 2011-12-16
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Compiz Core
compiz (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have had compiz (which I am running with "compiz --replace" as a command after login to my Gnome 3 fallback session) crash on me a couple of times. It usually happens after switching workspace with ctrl+alt+arrow_key. The syslog says:

"Dec 16 15:12:59 rasmus-OptiPlex-GX620 gnome-session[1460]: WARNING: App 'compiz.desktop' respawning too quickly
Dec 16 15:12:59 rasmus-OptiPlex-GX620 gnome-session[1460]: WARNING: Error on restarting session managed app: Component 'compiz.desktop' crashing too quickly"

I am now using the Gnome fallback session without launching compiz separately. The same problem also happens saying that "gnome-wm" is crashing too quickly.

After the crash, I can't switch workspace anymore and window decorations and the gnome panel are missing. I can go into a tty prompt, kill all gnome-panel and decorator-related processes in htop and then start metacity with "metacity --replace --display=:0" to get back to a usable desktop.

I am wondering if it is perhaps related to a similar crash when using Unity, but that results in a completely noninteractive desktop:

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-14.23-generic 3.0.9
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-14-generic x86_64

ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,compiztoolbox,text,place,move,grid,vpswitch,imgpng,mousepoll,regex,snap,resize,gnomecompat,session,animation,thumbnail,expo,wall,workarounds,ezoom,staticswitcher,fade,scale]
CompositorRunning: None
Date: Fri Dec 16 15:18:52 2011
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2011-10-14 17:17:03.050443
DistroCodename: oneiric
DistroVariant: ubuntu
 blcr, 0.8.2: added
 virtualbox, 4.1.2, 2.6.38-11-generic, x86_64: installed
 virtualbox, 4.1.2, 3.0.0-12-generic, x86_64: installed
 virtualbox, 4.1.2, 3.0.0-13-generic, x86_64: installed
 virtualbox, 4.1.2, 3.0.0-14-generic, x86_64: installed
 Intel Corporation 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2772] (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01ad]
   Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01ad]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
MachineType: Dell Inc. OptiPlex GX620
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-14-generic root=UUID=2ab8ed04-99b9-4714-885a-b4b3d5f06c57 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: compiz
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-17 (60 days ago) 11/30/2006
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A11 0F8101
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.type: 15
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA11:bd11/30/2006:svnDellInc.:pnOptiPlexGX620:pvr:rvnDellInc.:rn0F8101:rvr:cvnDellInc.:ct15:cvr: OptiPlex GX620
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.
version.compiz: compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6
version.ia32-libs: ia32-libs 20090808ubuntu26
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.26-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 7.11-0ubuntu3
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.11-0ubuntu3
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+7ubuntu7
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.6.0-1ubuntu13
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20110811.g93fc084-0ubuntu1
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.15.901-1ubuntu2.1
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20110411+8378443-1

RK (shandolad) wrote :
tags: added: compiz-0.9
RK (shandolad) on 2012-01-19
description: updated
description: updated
RK (shandolad) wrote :

In a similar way, also in the standard Gnome3 desktop (not in fallback mode), the whole shell intermittently crashes when workspaces are switched.

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. We are sorry that we do not always have the capacity to look at all reported bugs in a timely manner. There have been many changes in Ubuntu since that time you reported the bug and your problem may have been fixed with some of the updates. It would help us a lot if you could test it on a currently supported Ubuntu version. When you test it and it is still an issue, kindly upload the updated logs by running apport-collect <bug #> and any other logs that are relevant for this particular issue.

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
affects: gnome-shell → compiz-core
Changed in compiz-core:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in compiz:
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Compiz Core because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in compiz-core:
status: Incomplete → Expired
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for compiz (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Eleni Maria Stea (hikiko) wrote :

This bug is quite old and can't be reproduced anymore, therefore I changed its status to Invalid. If you still have such issues in one of the supported Ubuntu releases please feel free to reopen it and update the description. Thank you.

Changed in compiz:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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