Lots of zeitgeist errors

Bug #1486445 reported by Michael Heuberger
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Bug Description

$ cat /var/log/syslog shows me lots of zeitgeist-related errors. My system is behaving weird lately since the upgrade from Ubuntu 14.10 to 15.04 so I am guessing this might be related. Alright, here the relevant log entries:

Aug 19 19:31:49 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[25838]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:26262): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required
...
Aug 19 20:25:14 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[25838]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:26262): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:132: Desktop file for "file:///home/michael-heuberger/.config/sublime-text-3/Projects/seeflow_live.sublime-project" was not found, exec: sublime_text, mime_type: application/octet-stream
Aug 19 20:25:14 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[25838]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:26262): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:132: Desktop file for "file:///home/michael-heuberger/binarykitchen/code/videomail.io/etc/ssl-certs/local/fake.crt" was not found, exec: google-chrome-stable, mime_type: application/pkix-cert
Aug 19 20:25:14 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[25838]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:26262): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:132: Desktop file for "file:///home/michael-heuberger/binarykitchen/code/webcamjs/demos/flash.html" was not found, exec: google-chrome-stable, mime_type: application/x-extension-html
...
Aug 19 20:34:30 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[25838]: ** (zeitgeist-fts:26260): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://gnome-terminal-server.desktop
Aug 19 20:37:47 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[25838]: message repeated 2 times: [ ** (zeitgeist-fts:26260): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://gnome-terminal-server.desktop]
...
Aug 19 20:38:52 M1 org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[25838]: ** (zeitgeist-fts:26260): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://gnome-terminal-server.desktop

Any clues how to fix all that?

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Anders Hall (a.hall) wrote :

Also getting lots of these (new installation).

Sep 14 21:20:14 boll org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[1592]: message repeated 3 times: [ ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2095): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required]
Sep 14 21:28:58 boll com.canonical.Unity.Scope.Music[1592]: (unity-music-daemon:9903): unity-music-daemon-WARNING **: rhythmbox-collection.vala:510: Unable to open album-art DB!
Sep 14 21:28:58 boll com.canonical.Unity.Scope.Music[1592]: (unity-music-daemon:9903): unity-music-daemon-WARNING **: rhythmbox-collection.vala:574: Error while parsing rhythmbox DB: Error opening file: No such file or directory

uname -a
Linux boll 3.19.0-28-generic #30-Ubuntu SMP Mon Aug 31 15:52:51 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

affects: unity (Ubuntu) → zeitgeist (Ubuntu)
affects: unity → gnome-zeitgeist
affects: gnome-zeitgeist → zeitgeist-datahub
Changed in zeitgeist-datahub:
status: New → Confirmed
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markling (markling) wrote :

My syslog is full of zeitgeist errors like this:

org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine ... DataInserter: destroyed with unflushed data...
org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine ... database is locked

It seems also to be causing problems with other applications: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/thunar/+bug/1514912

From what I've read about zeitgeist it sounds like a good idea. I tried installing a gui for it once and learned that most applications I use don't report to it. It had scant information that was of use to me and the gui was pretty impotent. So there wasn't much I could do with it.

Meantime, Zeitgeist seems to be causing problems and my system resources are very tight. I would rather just switch it off. But there is no obvious place for a user to do either of two very important things with this application: i) find out what it does; and ii) find out how to control it. It seems sensible to me to give the user control of it: at the very least so they can switch it on and off.

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Manuel (marsbellini) wrote :

Jun 1 18:10:39 precision org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[1503]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2519): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:229: Unable to get name "org.gnome.zeitgeist.datahub" on the bus!
Jun 1 18:13:06 precision gnome-session[1631]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2499): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required
Jun 1 18:24:59 precision gnome-session[1631]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2499): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required
Jun 1 18:27:17 precision gnome-session[1631]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2499): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required
Jun 1 19:05:56 precision org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[1503]: ** (zeitgeist-fts:2517): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://nautilus-autostart.desktop
Jun 1 19:15:02 precision gnome-session[1631]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2499): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required
Jun 1 19:27:34 precision org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[1503]: ** (zeitgeist-fts:2517): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://nautilus-autostart.desktop

Changed in zeitgeist (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Manuel (marsbellini)
dino99 (9d9)
Changed in zeitgeist (Ubuntu):
assignee: Manuel (marsbellini) → nobody
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Pramod Dishantri (pdishant) wrote :
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For me :
My system is getting restarted again and again.
When i did create log file for the reason for restarting system.
then i have got this below logs:

Aug 5 16:42:58 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Starting Hostname Service...
Aug 5 16:42:58 lsadmin23 dbus[2605]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.hostname1'
Aug 5 16:42:58 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started Hostname Service.
Aug 5 16:44:22 lsadmin23 lsass: [LwKrb5GetTgtImpl /builder/src-buildserver/Platform-8.3/src/linux/lwadvapi/threaded/krbtgt.c:276] KRB5 Error code: -1765328360 (Message: Preauthentication failed)
Aug 5 16:44:22 lsadmin23 lsass: [lsass] Failed to authenticate user (name = 'pramod.d') -> error = 40022, symbol = LW_ERROR_PASSWORD_MISMATCH, client pid = 5585
Aug 5 16:45:49 lsadmin23 acvpnagent[3514]: Function: CreateThreatReportDirChangeEvent File: ../../vpn/PhoneHome/PhoneHomeAgent.cpp Line: 740 Failed to get threat directory information from settings
Aug 5 16:45:49 lsadmin23 acvpnagent[3514]: Function: OnTimerExpired File: ../../vpn/PhoneHome/PhoneHomeAgent.cpp Line: 1092 Failed to create threat report dir change event
Aug 5 16:47:53 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started CUPS Scheduler.
Aug 5 16:49:26 lsadmin23 lsass: [LwKrb5GetTgtImpl /builder/src-buildserver/Platform-8.3/src/linux/lwadvapi/threaded/krbtgt.c:276] KRB5 Error code: -1765328360 (Message: Preauthentication failed)
Aug 5 16:49:26 lsadmin23 lsass: [lsass] Failed to authenticate user (name = 'pramod.d') -> error = 40022, symbol = LW_ERROR_PASSWORD_MISMATCH, client pid = 5770
Aug 5 16:50:13 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Starting Cleanup of Temporary Directories...
Aug 5 16:50:13 lsadmin23 systemd-tmpfiles[5809]: [/usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/var.conf:14] Duplicate line for path "/var/log", ignoring.
Aug 5 16:50:13 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started Cleanup of Temporary Directories.
Aug 5 17:00:53 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started CUPS Scheduler.
Aug 5 17:09:01 lsadmin23 CRON[6269]: (root) CMD ( [ -x /usr/lib/php/sessionclean ] && /usr/lib/php/sessionclean)
Aug 5 17:13:54 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started CUPS Scheduler.
Aug 5 17:17:01 lsadmin23 CRON[6568]: (root) CMD ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly)
Aug 5 17:19:11 lsadmin23 kernel: [ 2651.438323] perf interrupt took too long (2587 > 2500), lowering kernel.perf_event_max_sample_rate to 50000
Aug 5 17:26:55 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started CUPS Scheduler.
Aug 5 17:27:13 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Starting Automatically refresh installed snaps...
Aug 5 17:27:15 lsadmin23 /usr/lib/snapd/snapd[2726]: daemon.go:180: DEBUG: uid=0;@ GET /v2/find?q=&select=refresh 2.003151052s 200
Aug 5 17:27:15 lsadmin23 snap[6943]: All snaps up-to-date.
Aug 5 17:27:15 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: Started Automatically refresh installed snaps.
Aug 5 17:27:15 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: snapd.refresh.timer: Adding 2h 45min 52.637887s random time.
Aug 5 17:27:15 lsadmin23 systemd[1]: snapd.refresh.timer: Adding 2h 38min 5.394226s random time.
Aug 5 17:36:03 lsadmin23 org.gnome.evolution.dataserver.Sources5[3941]: ** (evolution-source-registry:4267): WARNING **: secret_service_search_sync: must specify at least one attribute to match
Aug 5 17:39:01 lsadmin23 CRON[7173]: (root) CMD ( [ -x /us...

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Cyrille37 (cyrille37) wrote :

Hi,
I've same errors:

on a fresh Ubuntu 16.04 LTS,
in /var/log/syslog :

Sep 6 21:20:56 cyrille-W740SU org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[4367]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:4855): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required
Sep 6 21:20:56 cyrille-W740SU gnome-session[4504]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:4885): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:229: Unable to get name "org.gnome.zeitgeist.datahub" on the bus!

Cheers

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jimav (james-avera) wrote :

Also happening in 17.04

zeitgeist-datahub.vala:210: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required

etc.

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Kate (aitutakiv) wrote :

I've got the same errors, on fresh Ubuntu 16.04.
Most concerning, the machine reboots itself. Afterwards, my /var/log/syslog contains errors like:

org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine[7583]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:8812): WARNING **: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:212: Error during inserting events: GDBus.Error:org.gnome.zeitgeist.EngineError.InvalidArgument: Incomplete event: interpretation, manifestation and actor are required

> uname -a
Linux Tapuaetai 4.10.0-38-generic #42~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 10 16:32:20 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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Scott P (spause) wrote :
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Same class of errors. Been happening almost forever. Computer has been rebooted in past week. Computer has had its Ubuntu version upgraded since 2015.

non-standard Packages installed often in use:
Skype (current beta)
SciTE text editor
KeePass2 (from repo in previous Ubuntu version)

user@computer:~$ uname -a
Linux computer 4.4.0-101-generic #124-Ubuntu SMP Fri Nov 10 18:29:59 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Dec 4 09:54:45 computer org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[2111]: ** (zeitgeist-fts:2968): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://nautilus-autostart.desktop
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): CRITICAL **: string_strip: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_recent_info_get_application_info: assertion 'app_name != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:106: (null) was not registered in RecentInfo item 0x1689620
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): CRITICAL **: string_strip: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_recent_info_get_application_info: assertion 'app_name != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:106: (null) was not registered in RecentInfo item 0x167d030
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): CRITICAL **: string_strip: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_recent_info_get_application_info: assertion 'app_name != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:106: (null) was not registered in RecentInfo item 0x16977f0
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): CRITICAL **: string_strip: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_recent_info_get_application_info: assertion 'app_name != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:106: (null) was not registered in RecentInfo item 0x1697690
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): CRITICAL **: string_strip: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_recent_info_get_application_info: assertion 'app_name != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): WARNING **: recent-manager-provider.vala:106: (null) was not registered in RecentInfo item 0x1697530
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: ** (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): CRITICAL **: string_strip: assertion 'self != NULL' failed
Dec 4 09:54:45 computer gnome-session[2366]: (zeitgeist-datahub:2948): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_recent_info_ge...

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WinEunuchs2Unix (ricklee518) wrote :

Received error on Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS this morning. I've never noticed it impacting me before but this time it reset my night time screen settings to full daylight setting.

Results of `journalctl -xe | grep eyesome`:

Oct 19 21:40:55 alien eyesome[25582]: Wakeup: Creating /tmp/eyesome-is-suspending
Oct 20 05:21:17 alien eyesome[25788]: Wakeup: Called from suspend.
Oct 20 05:21:28 alien eyesome[26826]: Daemon: Resuming: Slept 2 seconds x 5 times.
Oct 20 05:21:28 alien eyesome[26829]: Daemon: Removed file: /tmp/eyesome-is-suspending
Oct 20 05:29:52 alien eyesome[10076]: Sun Times: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/canada/edmonton.
Oct 20 05:30:06 alien org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer[2098]: ** (zeitgeist-fts:4341): WARNING **: Unable to get info on application://eyesome-cfg.desktop
Oct 20 05:30:13 alien sudo[11668]: rick : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/home/rick ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/usr/local/bin/eyesome-cfg.sh
Oct 20 05:30:19 alien eyesome[12296]: Wakeup: Called from eyesome-cfg.sh.

Last night:
21:40:55 system suspends normally.

This morning:
05:21:17 system resumes normally.
05:29:52 cron.daily gets sunrise and sunset times from internet.
05:30:06 zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer error sets screen brightness & gamma to full.
05:30:13 I have to open ~/Desktop/eyesome-cfg.desktop with sudo.
05:30:19 I have to trigger eyesome wakeup to set screens based on time.

Possible Resolutions:
- All kinds of links on web and in Ask Ubuntu on removing zeitgeist.
- I have no need for speed improvements gained by removing.
- Suggestions that removing will break nautilus and gedit is a deal breaker.
- I would rather find out how to configure zeitgeist to play nicely with my data.

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WinEunuchs2Unix (ricklee518) wrote :

It would be easier to delete comment #10 but I can't. `zeitgeist` wasn't resetting screen brightness and gamma. It was simply logging error it didn't know about application I was running to reset brightness and gamma based on time of day.

I posted a solution to getting rid of zeitgeist error messages for `~/Desktop/*.desktop` applications which zeitgeist understandably knows nothing about:

- https://askubuntu.com/a/1182396/307523

In summary, open Gnome Activity Log Manager / Unity Security and Privacy. Add the directory `~/Desktop` to the blacklist.

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