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Thread: ctl-c (control-c) doesn't work

  1. #11

    Default Re: ctl-c (control-c) doesn't work

    I had already removed the two ~/.gnome* directories to no avail.
    Had also already logged in as root and determined things were OK there, so knew it had to be something to do with my userid.

    Now I removed ~/.gconf and logged out/in and now things are working again.

    Sooooooooo.... either now have to redo all my setup/icons/etc or do the diff to see what is in there.

    Think I will try to see what the difference is first so I hopefully don't do whatever I did again.

    Thanks,

    Jim

  2. #12

    Default Re: ctl-c (control-c) doesn't work

    Solved, sort of.
    The "thing" causing the problem is in ~/.gconf/desktop/gnome/peripherals.
    Removing that directory fixes it.

    I am still really puzzled as to why this causes the problem, but apparently it does.

    Thanks,

    Jim

    Here's what's in that peripherals subdir:
    ls -lR
    .:
    total 8
    -rw------- 1 jww staff 0 2009-06-24 22:38 %gconf.xml
    drwx------ 3 jww staff 4096 2009-07-31 10:56 keyboard
    drwx------ 2 jww staff 4096 2009-07-31 14:45 mouse

    ./keyboard:
    total 4
    -rw------- 1 jww staff 0 2009-06-24 22:38 %gconf.xml
    drwx------ 3 jww staff 4096 2009-06-24 22:38 host-jlap

    ./keyboard/host-jlap:
    total 4
    drwx------ 2 jww staff 4096 2009-07-31 15:04 0
    -rw------- 1 jww staff 0 2009-06-24 22:38 %gconf.xml

    ./keyboard/host-jlap/0:
    total 4
    -rw------- 1 jww staff 135 2009-07-31 12:51 %gconf.xml

    ./mouse:
    total 4
    -rw------- 1 jww staff 465 2009-07-28 15:22 %gconf.xml


    And here is what is in the ONLY two non-empty files:
    keyboard file:
    <gconf>
    <entry name="numlock_on" mtime="1249059024" type="bool" value="false">
    </entry>
    </gconf>

    mouse file:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <gconf>
    <entry name="left_handed" mtime="1248808909" type="bool" value="false">
    </entry>
    <entry name="locate_pointer" mtime="1248808914" type="bool" value="true">
    </entry>
    <entry name="cursor_size" mtime="1245938024" type="int" value="24">
    </entry>
    <entry name="cursor_theme" mtime="1245938024" type="string">
    <stringvalue>default</stringvalue>
    </entry>
    </gconf>

  3. #13
    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: ctl-c (control-c) doesn't work

    > Had also already logged in as root and determined things were OK there,
    >
    > Think I will try to see what the difference is first so I hopefully
    > don't do whatever I did again.


    NEVER log in (to Gnome, or any other Linux GUI) as root again, EVER!

    i know, i KNOW! some (many?) folks say it is ok as long as you are
    _very_ careful and don't do it often....but, THAT is bull because i
    know for sure it can and does cause STRANGE and hard to track
    down/solve problems because the GUI opens/reads/modifies/saves so
    *many* files in the background but does so _as root_ instead of _you_..

    sometimes so damaging the file properties that you can't even log in
    again as yourself...or, if you can you can't do what you used to
    do.....BUT, root still can--if you log in AGAIN as root..

    --
    goldie

  4. #14

    Default Re: ctl-c (control-c) doesn't work

    Hmmmm... don't think that is what caused my problem. Not even sure it is as dangerous as you say, other than being root is dangerous anyway - I have,a few times, unwittingly done "rm -rf *" in the wrong directory - much fun that is.

    But I almost never log in as root and I NEVER do merely "su" or "su root" - but always "su - root" - thus ending up in /root home dir (at least on Linux).
    Further, anytime you do "yast" you are becoming root.

    None of the files in my ~/.gconf or even in my home directory are owned by root user/group.

    But your caution is probly a wise one to follow.

    Thanx,

    Jim

  5. #15
    JosephKK NNTP User

    Default Re: ctl-c (control-c) doesn't work

    On Fri, 31 Jul 2009 01:26:11 GMT, j1mw3b
    <j1mw3b@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    >Hmmmm - among the many updates was a new kernel - 2.6.27.25-0.1.
    >Unfortunately, for some reason, that is the only kernel in my system. I
    >thought the previous one would be kept around for fallback, but it is
    >not there.
    >
    >A VM running WinXP under VirtualBox also has the non-functioning
    >ctl-c.
    >
    >Even more baffled,
    >
    >Jim


    Ah. Based on what i have read here you should reinstall VirtualBox
    after any kernel update.

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    Transmitted with recycled bits.
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