Theming service crash and reverting to GTK classic theme. (VMware Fusion as Host)

Bug #776924 reported by Zero on 2011-05-04
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gtk2-engines (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gtk2-engines

The theming service which used to be managed gnome-settings-daemon crashes, reverting to <standard/classic/gray/ugly/squared> GTK default theme, plus gnome-settings daemon is showed as running on System Monitor.

This happen after seconds of login in user session and only when Ubuntu is virtualized with VMWare Fusion as Host.

Bug happens indistinctly of using open-vm-tools or vmware-tools from VMWare and also on classic desktop, also it is independent if user chooses between VMWare easy install (installing vmware-tools automatically on first start) or classic install.

Bug doesn't happen on live CD sessions or while installing.

VMWare Fussion Version 3.1.2 (332101).

I put it under gtk2-engines package as it is a theming bug, but I am almost sure that it is another package that I don't know.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: gtk2-engines 1:2.20.2-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed May 4 01:14:23 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
SourcePackage: gtk2-engines
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-04-26 (7 days ago)

Zero (pupp3t-mast3r) wrote :
description: updated
summary: Theming service crash and reverting to GTK classic theme. (VMware Fusion
- as Host))
+ as Host)
Zero (pupp3t-mast3r) wrote :
Zero (pupp3t-mast3r) wrote :

I haven't tested another flavor of vmware as Host or another virtualization solution.

Zero (pupp3t-mast3r) wrote :

Although the installation is not vanilla after Unity-2D install, it happens even on a fresh Natty vanilla install.

Steps to Reproduce:

Make use of VMware Fusion on a Mac system (if specific OSX 10.6.7 macbook unibody 5,1).
Virtual Machine sattings are detailed in the attached VMX file.

Install Ubutnu 11.04 fresh on the Virtual Machine with or without VMware Easy Install.

Login into the account created during install.
After some seconds after login in classic desktop, the GTK theme will revert to classic.

David Love (dlove-nighton) wrote :

I'm running VMware Workstation on a WIndows XP system and am experiencing the same symptoms.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. However, your crash report is either missing or challenging to deal with as a ".crash" file. Please follow these instructions to have apport report a new bug about your crash that can be dealt with by the automatic retracer.

If you are running the Ubuntu Stable Release you might need to enable apport in /etc/default/apport and restart.

Now open your file manager, navigate to your /var/crash directory and open the crash report you wish to submit.
If this fails you will have to open a terminal and file your report with 'ubuntu-bug /var/crash/_my_crash_report.crash' where _my_crash_report.crash is the crash you would like to report. If you get an error that you aren't allowed to access this report you will have to file it with 'sudo ubuntu-bug /var/crash/_my_crash_report.crash'.

I'm closing this bug report since the process outlined above will automatically open a new bug report which can then dealt with more efficiently. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

We need a backtrace in order to fix the issue, without it there's not much we can do, thanks again. and if you have any questions just ask.

Changed in gtk2-engines (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Vincenzo Mantova (xworld21) wrote :

I tried to use apport, but it didn't produce any ".crash" file. It is however quite reproducible, both with Unity 2d and Ubuntu Classic.

Bob Elenothar (bob-wp) wrote :

i can confirm this problem in the latest vmware fusion. livecd is fine, login looks great, seconds later the theme crashes and im on ugly square.

this does not happen if i kill gdm and startx as my user. only happens if i log in via gdm. (which always seems plauged, eh?)

Bob Elenothar (bob-wp) wrote :

no crash log is generated with that apport thing.

i notice when i login via gdm and it crashes, the network never shows up in the system tray.

when i console login and startx, the network icon does show in the system tray.


Zero (pupp3t-mast3r) wrote :

This seems to be related since symptoms are exactly the same:

There seems to be a way to workaround the issue stated un the page bellow and also this seem to be related to this bug report in particular:

Bob Elenothar (bob-wp) wrote :

also noting if i tell the login manager to automatically log in as me, it does not happen. so somehow this is related to the gdm login login screen.

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