Gnome visual effects not retained after reboot

Bug #390001 reported by Leo Petroski on 2009-06-20
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This bug affects 12 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: yelp

All of the settings specified in the gnome-appearance-properties applet are forgotten when a reboot occurs. This affects all of the windows transitions, mouse cursor sizes and colors, etc. Setting the values to the desired choices appears to take effect in the current session and all changes look fine. However on reboot, all settings return to the (presumable) defaults and none of the prior customization is retained. This occurs on version 9.04 (Jaunty) of UbuntuStudio.

System details:

System information report, generated by Sysinfo: 6/20/2009 4:03:26 PM
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gsysinfo

SYSTEM INFORMATION
 Running Ubuntu Linux, the 5.0 release.
 GNOME: 2.26.1 (Ubuntu 2009-05-06)
 Kernel version: 2.6.28-3-rt (#12-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT RT Fri Apr 17 10:09:11 UTC 2009)
 GCC: 4.3.3 (i486-linux-gnu)
 Xorg: unknown (09 April 2009 02:10:02AM) (09 April 2009 02:10:02AM)
 Hostname: esocid
 Uptime: 0 days 2 h 20 min

CPU INFORMATION
 GenuineIntel, Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1300MHz
 Number of CPUs: 1
 CPU clock currently at 17000.000 MHz with 256 KB cache
 Numbering: family(15) model(0) stepping(7)
 Bogomips: 2594.02
 Flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm up pebs bts

MEMORY INFORMATION
 Total memory: 745 MB
 Total swap: 2212 MB

STORAGE INFORMATION
 SCSI device - scsi0
  Vendor: ATA
  Model: WDC WD2500JB-00G
 SCSI device - scsi0
  Vendor: ATA
  Model: ST3160815A
 SCSI device - scsi1
  Vendor: HL-DT-ST
  Model: DVD-RAM GSA-H55L
 SCSI device - scsi1
  Vendor: HL-DT-ST
  Model: DVDRAM GSA-4163B

HARDWARE INFORMATION
MOTHERBOARD
 Host bridge
  Intel Corporation 82850 850 (Tehama) Chipset Host Bridge (MCH) (rev 02)
 PCI bridge(s)
  Intel Corporation 82850 850 (Tehama) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 02)
  Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 02)
  Intel Corporation 82850 850 (Tehama) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 02)
  Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 02)
 USB controller(s)
  Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 02)
  Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 02)
  Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 02)
  Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 02)
 ISA bridge
  Intel Corporation 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
 IDE interface
  Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100 Controller (rev 02) (prog-if 80 [Master])
  Subsystem: Gateway 2000 Device 0063

GRAPHIC CARD
 VGA controller
  ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R100 QD [Radeon 7200]
  Subsystem: ATI Technologies Inc Device 0538

SOUND CARD
 Multimedia controller
  Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 07)
  Subsystem: Creative Labs Device 8032

NETWORK
 Ethernet controller
  National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 (MacPhyter) Ethernet Controller
  Subsystem: Netgear Device f311

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/yelp
Package: yelp 2.25.1-0ubuntu5
ProcEnviron:
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: yelp
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-3-rt i686

Leo Petroski (leo-c-petroski) wrote :
affects: yelp (Ubuntu) → gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please answer these questions:

 * Is this reproducible?
 * If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug?

 This will help us to find and resolve the problem.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)

Gentlemen:

The reported problem is absolutely repeatable on my machine. When Gnome
first starts, all application screens lack the usual minimize, maximize
and close icons in the upper right corner of the window. To correct
this, I open the Gnome Appearance Panel and the properties indicate that
there are NO visual effects. I change this option to "Normal Provides
improved usability and a good balance between attractiveness and
moderate performance requirements." A box stating "searching for
available drivers" appears followed by a dialog asking if I wish to keep
the new settings. I select the option to keep the new settings and
immediately my cursor options take effect and all windows immediately
start displaying the minimize, maximize and close icons, which were
previously missing. Everything works as expected from this point on.
However after a restart, the visual effects revert to "None" and again
all windows lack the minimize, maximize and close icons in the upper
right corner.

This was a fresh install of Ubuntu Studio 9.04 and there were no error
messages displayed during the installation process. For me, the error is
(unfortunately) infinitely repeatable.

*Leo C. Petroski*

*e-mail (Home): *<email address hidden>
<mailto:<email address hidden>>_

*postal mail: 411 Alden Avenue Morrisville, Pa 19067-4805 *

Sebastien Bacher wrote:
> Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please answer these questions:
>
> * Is this reproducible?
> * If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug?
>
> This will help us to find and resolve the problem.
>
> ** Changed in: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
> Importance: Undecided => Low
>
> ** Changed in: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
> Status: New => Incomplete
>
> ** Changed in: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
> Assignee: (unassigned) => Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
>
>

Confirmed on 64-bit Ubuntu Jaunty.
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

could you try if that's still an issue on karmic?

Leo Petroski (leo-c-petroski) wrote :

Sebastien,

I'll be happy to. I planned to try installing 9.10 on that machine
anyway, so I will report back as soon as I do. Take care.

*Leo C. Petroski*

*e-mail (Home): *<email address hidden>
<mailto:<email address hidden>>_

*postal mail: 411 Alden Avenue Morrisville, Pa 19067-4805 *

Sebastien Bacher wrote:
> could you try if that's still an issue on karmic?
>
>

Sebastian Geiger (lanoxx) wrote :

This bug is also present on my machine. It is similar to those reported in: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/413385 and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-meta/+bug/269292

I found a hint in the

gnome-control-center-2.28.1/debian/patches/95_desktop-effects-integration.patch
Line: 424
+ session_file = g_build_filename (g_get_home_dir (),
+ ".gnome2",
+ "session",
+ NULL);

According to someone in the #ubuntu channel this file (~/.gnome2/session) is obsolete. It is also definitely not present on my system as are several other files mentioned in "man gnome-session"
Instead I find the session files in ~/.config/gnome-session/saved-session

Im not sure if that is related to the problem but it might be worth to have a look. In fact I am wondering anyway why the file it deleted anyway since there seems to be no further use in the program anyway nor it is rewritten later.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Leo Petroski (leo-c-petroski) wrote :

Sebastien,

I have tried Karmic Koala and the problem does not appear. It appears to
have been corrected and I am very happy. Take care.

*Leo C. Petroski*

*e-mail (Home): *<email address hidden>
<mailto:<email address hidden>>_

*postal mail: 411 Alden Avenue Morrisville, Pa 19067-4805 *

Sebastien Bacher wrote:
> could you try if that's still an issue on karmic?
>
>

Russel Winder (russel) wrote :

I just reported Bug 482539 but it has been marked as a duplicate of this bug.

I am not sure that it is but . . .

I had Jaunty installed and decided to switch from "No visual effects" (Metacity) to "Normal visual effects" (Compiz) after this change Metacity never worked again despite being installed and my chopice of "Normal visual effects" was not remembered. Thus whenever I log out and login my session starts with no windows manager. So it appears similar to this bug reports except that it is a per session not a per boot issue as the title suggests. Moreover this bug is reported as fixed by switching to Karmic. I have just upgraded from Jaunty to Karmic and I still have the "I don't get a window manager on login" problem.

I have no idea what communication failure there is between Gnome, Metacity, Compiz, etc. but it has clearly broken down in a big way.

I should also point out Bug 482538: The Compiz settings that I set up are forgotten across logins as well. All this seems to lead towards a break down of user specified state logging during a session.

Uphaar Agrawalla (uphaar) wrote :

I've never had this problem, but since upgrading to Lucid beta, it has started happening to me. Not sure why or what is causing it, but I'm happy to provide any information needed to fix this.

Uphaar Agrawalla (uphaar) wrote :

Based on LanoxxthShaddow's comment, I don't have .gnome2/session in my system either. I did delete the entire .gnome2 directory to fix some issues I was having with an unsuccessful upgrade, so maybe it is related?

Russel Winder (russel) wrote :

Isn't the problem actually in GConf?

Ever since switching from Metacity to Compiz in Jaunty, the state of the Compiz systems has failed to be stored on logout. In particular, Gnome thinks it is supposed to be using Metacity but Metacity fails to start so no window manager. This means manually setting Compiz and waiting for it to scan the device drivers. The Compiz state is also reset so I have to manually switch of the Snapping Windows which I really dislike. Fianlly the state of the workspace switcher has to be reset to what I want as that fails to be remembered across logins.

The upgrade from Karmic to Lucid hasn't helped so I guess this is not a distribution thing, just a configuration thing that doesn't get altered across upgrades.

Arthur (adolphsn) wrote :

10.04.. No window controls after setting up the visual effects to extra, the controls show. When the OS starts there are no controls on the window, and have to be setup again.

hontu (moelleni) wrote :

10.04 When I reboot, visual effects are no retained and must be restarted. I have nvidia 9600M GS. The driver installed is 195.36.15.

hontu (moelleni) wrote :

Hi,
I found this
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1264495
especially #6 helped me. When I reboot now gnome will start with 3D effects from compiz. Can someone tell me which program is started at startup which isn't in the original configuration.

Thanks

leo gi (leogi) wrote :

I've got the same problem with Lucid. I have tried all the NVIDIA drivers found in the search, and they all work fine in the present session. On reboot, however, the visual effects defaults to "None" and has to be reset. The pointer is only an "X" and all applications can only be closed by using the menu File/Quit.

laptoplinux (laptoplinux) wrote :

Still present in Maverick.

Russel Winder (russel) wrote :

I found that by booting using Debian Squeeze with the user home directory in a partition shared by Debian and Ubuntu, doing the set up in Debian and rebooting in Debian, the configuration was saved. Booting to Ubuntu then used the save state. So the problem appears to be lack of state saving in Ubuntu rather than jsut using defaults.

I use Unison to mirror my home directory between laptop and workstation so that technique cured the problem ont he workstation without having to load Debian at all.

The problem is therefore home directory state information with Debian getting it right and Ubuntu not.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your bug report, the visual effect dialog has been deprecated in favor of using login screen session now though so we are closing this bug but don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → nobody
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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