Re: Trouble with the Oops! screen

On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:32 AM, Tassilo Horn <tassilo member fsf org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> the "Oops! Something has gone wrong! [Logout]" screen appears much too
> early, i.e., it appears also when the problem is rather without
> consequences like some broken extension.

Yes, there is a race condition between gnome-session (which displays
the dialog) and gnome-shell. I think Colin Walters is working on it.

> For example, I've just tried to install the show-a-looking-glass button
> extension and restarted the shell using "r" at the command prompt.
> Somehow, that didn't work and that Oops screen popped up.
> Unfortunately, I had lots of applications open, partly with unsaved
> work.  Logging out as the Oops screen forces users to do would have
> meant data loss.

Alt+F4 will get rid of the dialog.

> But the shell was basically working fine.  Why I know that?  I could
> press the windows key, which showed the desktop for a fraction of a
> second and then activated the fully working overview.  From there, I
> could switch workspaces, close applications, and I even managed to
> correctly confirm quit confirmation dialogs by deactivating the overview
> and choosing the right button in the fraction of a second before the
> Oops screen appeared again.
> So, please, revamp that Oops screen so that it only pops up if there's
> really a fatal error.  In any case, the user should be able to cleanly
> close his applications.  If the error is that fatal that workspace
> switching doesn't work anymore, that's bad luck, but still the user has
> a chance to close at least the current workspace's apps.
> IMHO, a good solution would be making the Oops screen a non-closable
> dialog with [Logout] button that is visible on all workspaces.
> Bye,
> Tassilo
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