freezes for 15 seconds with "throbber started" before timing out
Declined for Karmic by Sebastien Bacher
Declined for Lucid by Sebastien Bacher
Binary package hint: xsplash
After upgrading to karmic, I found that logging in took 15 seconds longer than it previously had. The 15-second delay does not depend on the choice of desktop session. E.g., it takes the extra 15 seconds even if you're logging in to an xterm failsafe session. By careful comparison against wall-clock time, I was able to find that the 15-second delay coincides with the following in /var/log/
The "throbber started" message occurs at the beginning of the delay, and the "timeout" message at the end.
This appears to be related to, but not the same as, these bugs: https:/
I'm not sure, but my guess is that xsplash expects to receive a signal from Gnome telling it that it's started up. I'm guessing that other desktops besides Gnome (e.g., fluxbox or the xterm failsafe session) do not provide such a signal, so xsplash hangs up the login process for 15 seconds waiting for the signal.
$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 9.10
$ uname -a
Linux rintintin 2.6.31-17-generic #54-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 10 17:01:44 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
$ apt-cache policy xsplash
*** 0.8.5-0ubuntu1 0