[Clfs-support] can't connect to configuration server [GNOME]

Reimundo Heluani rheluani at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 15:11:49 PDT 2009

On Sun, 2009-07-12 at 11:54 -0700, Reimundo Heluani wrote:
> Hi list, I'm sorry if this doesn't belong here, I'm quite new to this
> list. In the last few days I went through my first build (in over 12
> years) with minor problems following SVN. I installed X and it runs
> fine, but I'm having problems with gnome. When trying to run
> gnome-session I get errors of the form 
> [CODE]
> gnome-session[2752]: Gtk-CRITICAL: gtk_main_quit: assertion
> `main_loops != NULL' failed
> GConf warning: failure listing pairs in
> `/desktop/gnome/session/required_components': Configuration server
> couldn't be contacted: CORBA error:
> IDL:omg.org/CORBA/COMM_FAILURE:1.0GConf Error: Type mismatch: Expected
> list, got int
> gnome-session[2752]: WARNING: Unable to determine session: Unable to
> lookup session information for process '2752'
> GConf Error: Type mismatch: Expected list, got int
> gnome-session[2752]: WARNING: No required applications specified
> Failed to get value for `/desktop/gnome/applications/at/visual/exec':
> Configuration server couldn't be contacted: CORBA error:
> [/CODE] 

Well I found why gconf-sanity-check-2 was exiting with errors right at
the beginning, GConf by default wants to look
at /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.system which isn't there in my build (following
the BCLFS wiki), removed that line in /etc/gnome/gconf/2/path and now I
get the errors above and still the failed to connect to configuration


> and if from within X I want to start say metacity or gnome-wm I get
> [CODE]
> Window manager warning: Failed to contact configuration server; some
> possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit,
> or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See
> http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details -  1: Could
> not send message to gconf daemon: Did not receive a reply. Possible
> causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message
> bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the
> network connection was broken.)
> [/CODE]
> The weird thing is that I got metacity to run once.
> I think this might be an issue with D-Bus and policy permissions, as I
> originally compiled D-BUS and most of the gnome core packages without
> PolicyKit and then later recompiled D-BUS after installing PolicyKit.
> Any help by pointing perhaps to some documentation to read would be
> greatly appreciated!. Hopefully it won't involve building all the gnome
> packages again.
> Now that I'm writing this e-mail I'd like to note something on the CBLFS
> wiki (completely unrelated with the above I guess) 
> as of now Libxklavier-4.0 has changed its API so libgnomekbd-2.26.0
> won't compile. Calls to xkl_config_registry_load(arg) need to be
> replaced with xkl_config_registry_load(arg, FALSE). 
> Also in plenty of packages that link to X libraries I had to explicitly
> add --x-libraries=${XORG_PREFIX}/lib64
> Also Evolution Data server's configuration tool somehow managed to screw
> most of the Makefiles, had to change DB_LIBS= -Lyes/lib to
> DB_LIBS=-L/lib and also add the right path to the xulrunner libraries in
> camel. I think that adding NM=nm to the config flags could prevent this
> issue. 
> Thanks, 
> R.

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