Re: enabling a single gnome shell extension breaks the system

(sorry for top replying, you mail is too long)

Looking at the error, it seems a known and long fixed bug in
alternative-status-menu. You should file a bug at your distribution to
get the latest upstream version or, better yet, stop using packages
and install the extension from
Btw, if you have a failing extension, you don't need to remove the
whole dconf database. Just boot into fallback mode and then disable it
from the tweak-tool.


Il 02 marzo 2012 10:33, Pavlos Parissis <pavlos parissis gmail com> ha scritto:
> Hi,
> I will try to describe the situation I am in as simple as possible.
> On 29th of February the following packages were upgraded on my Ubuntu
> 11.10 system
> upgrade libxml2 2.7.8.dfsg-4ubuntu0.1 2.7.8.dfsg-4ubuntu0.2
> upgrade file-roller 3.2.1-0ubuntu1 3.2.1-0ubuntu2
> triggers-pending gconf2 3.2.3-0ubuntu0.1
> libglib2.0-0:i386 2.30.0-0ubuntu4
> triggers-pending man-db
> triggers-pending desktop-file-utils 0.18-0ubuntu9
> triggers-pending gnome-menus 3.2.0-0ubuntu2
> hicolor-icon-theme 0.12-1ubuntu1
> upgrade gnome-shell 3.2.1-0ubuntu1.1
> install gnome-shell-common <none>
> upgrade python-httplib2 0.7.1-1ubuntu1 0.7.2-1ubuntu2~
> upgrade python-libxml2 2.7.8.dfsg-4ubuntu0.1 2.7.8.dfsg-4ubuntu0.2
> After the 1st restart I noticed that CoverflowAltTab extensions was
> not working and was not even listed in the gnome-tweek tool. I tried
> to re-installed but didn´t help. I found out that that this extension
> is not compatible with gnome-shell 3.2.2.
> Because I real like this extension I decided to roll back the upgrade
> by installing the previous version of gnome-shell. On the first login
> gnome-shell crashed and I was left with no usable desktop.
> I said let's clean .config and .local/share/gnome-shell/extensions.
> After that I was able to login without issues.
> But every time I was enabling few of the following extensions I was
> having the same problem
> dpkg -l|grep gnome-shell-ext|awk '{print $2}'
> gnome-shell-extensions-alternate-tab
> gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu
> gnome-shell-extensions-apps-menu
> gnome-shell-extensions-auto-move-windows
> gnome-shell-extensions-common
> gnome-shell-extensions-dock
> gnome-shell-extensions-drive-menu
> gnome-shell-extensions-gajim
> gnome-shell-extensions-native-window-placement
> gnome-shell-extensions-places-menu
> gnome-shell-extensions-system-monitor
> gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme
> gnome-shell-extensions-windows-navigator
> gnome-shell-extensions-workspace-indicator
> gnome-shell-extensions-xrandr-indicator
> the problem doesn't occur with a specific extension.
> I created another user in order to see if it is my config but the same
> behaviour occurred.
> I found out that I can recover from that situation my removing
> ./.config/dconf/user. But with this I lose all my desktop
> configuration.
> Since it was a not a user conf I reinstalled all gnome-shell packages
> but again the same issue.
> So even with latest gnome-shell (3.2.2 ) and clean conf my gnome-shell
> breaks after randomly enabling few extensions. That it was not
> happening before 29th Feb.
> What could be possible causing this? What is outside of my home
> directory which can lead to this situation?
> The errors i see on .xsession-errors after enabling a extension and
> restarting shell by alt-f2 and r are the following
> ** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
> gnome-shell-calendar-server[1911]: Got HUP on stdin - exiting
> gnome-session[1732]: WARNING: Application 'gnome-shell.desktop' killed by signal
> JS LOG: GNOME Shell started at Fri Mar 02 2012 08:44:25 GMT+0100 (CET)
> ** Message: applet now embedded in the notification area
> (gnome-shell:3662): folks-WARNING **: Error preparing persona store
> 'eds:1330250713.18759.0@pparissis-MacBookPro': Couldn't open address
> book ‘1330250713.18759.0@pparissis-MacBookPro’: Cannot open book:
> Cannot process, book backend is opening
> (gnome-shell:3662): Clutter-CRITICAL **: clutter_text_get_editable:
> assertion `CLUTTER_IS_TEXT (self)' failed
> (gnome-shell:3662): Clutter-CRITICAL **: clutter_text_get_text:
> assertion `CLUTTER_IS_TEXT (self)' failed
> (gnome-shell:3662): Clutter-CRITICAL **: clutter_text_set_text:
> assertion `CLUTTER_IS_TEXT (self)' failed
> St-ERROR **: st_widget_get_theme_node called on the widget [0x35979d0
> StButton.status-chooser-user-icon] which is not in the stage.
> ** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
> gnome-shell-calendar-server[3671]: Got HUP on stdin - exiting
> gnome-session[1732]: WARNING: Application 'gnome-shell.desktop' killed by signal
> gnome-session[1732]: WARNING: App 'gnome-shell.desktop' respawning too quickly
> gnome-session[1732]: CRITICAL: We failed, but the fail whale is dead. Sorry....
> [Notify 08:44:27.978] Docky - Docky requires compositing to work
> properly. Certain options are disabled and themes/animations will look
> incorrect.
> Thanks,
> Pavlos
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