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    Default Cannot change desktop appearance

    I'm currently running openSuse 11.1

    After installing some software and rebooted my system, I noticed that my desktop settings have changed. When I tried to change it back using Control Center>Appearance, I got the following message:

    Unable to start the settings manager 'gnome-settings-daemon'. Without the GNOME settings manager running, some preferences may not take effect. This could indicate a problem with Bonobo, or a non-GNOME (e.g. KDE) settings manager may already be active and conflicting with the GNOME settings manager.


    $ uname -a
    Linux myhost 2.6.27.25-0.1-pae #1 SMP 2009-07-01 15:37:09 +0200 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

    # ps -ely
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    S 0 3 2 0 -40 - 0 0 migrat ? 00:00:00 migration/0
    S 0 4 2 0 75 -5 0 0 ksofti ? 00:00:00 ksoftirqd/0
    S 0 5 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 events/0
    S 0 6 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 khelper
    S 0 7 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kintegrityd/0
    S 0 8 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kblockd/0
    S 0 9 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kacpid
    S 0 10 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kacpi_notify
    S 0 11 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 cqueue
    S 0 12 2 0 75 -5 0 0 serio_ ? 00:00:00 kseriod
    S 0 13 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kondemand/0
    S 0 14 2 0 80 0 0 0 pdflus ? 00:00:00 pdflush
    S 0 15 2 0 80 0 0 0 pdflus ? 00:00:00 pdflush
    S 0 16 2 0 75 -5 0 0 kswapd ? 00:00:00 kswapd0
    S 0 17 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 aio/0
    S 0 18 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kpsmoused
    S 0 54 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 ata/0
    S 0 55 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 ata_aux
    S 0 57 2 0 75 -5 0 0 scsi_e ? 00:00:00 scsi_eh_0
    S 0 58 2 0 75 -5 0 0 scsi_e ? 00:00:00 scsi_eh_1
    S 0 75 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kstriped
    S 0 82 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 ksnapd
    S 0 195 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 ksuspend_usbd
    S 0 196 2 0 75 -5 0 0 hub_th ? 00:00:00 khubd
    S 0 551 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kdmflush
    S 0 559 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kdmflush
    S 0 567 2 0 75 -5 0 0 worker ? 00:00:00 kdmflush
    S 0 601 2 0 75 -5 0 0 kjourn ? 00:00:00 kjournald
    S 0 680 1 0 76 -4 1208 699 - ? 00:00:00 udevd
    S 0 1390 2 0 75 -5 0 0 pccard ? 00:00:00 pccardd
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    S 0 1474 2 0 75 -5 0 0 kaudit ? 00:00:00 kauditd
    S 0 1557 2 0 75 -5 0 0 kjourn ? 00:00:00 kjournald
    S 0 1558 2 0 75 -5 0 0 kjourn ? 00:00:00 kjournald
    S 0 1566 1 0 80 0 944 964 fuse_d ? 00:00:00 mount.ntfs-3g
    S 0 1979 1 0 80 0 796 649 321352 ? 00:00:00 syslog-ng
    S 0 1982 1 0 80 0 544 478 syslog ? 00:00:00 klogd
    S 102 1997 1 0 80 0 1336 766 - ? 00:00:00 dbus-daemon
    S 0 2009 1 0 80 0 576 444 399872 ? 00:00:00 acpid
    S 106 2066 1 0 80 0 4672 1778 - ? 00:00:01 hald
    S 0 2069 1 0 80 0 2588 4172 64 ? 00:00:00 console-kit-dae
    S 0 2132 2066 0 80 0 1144 882 398057 ? 00:00:00 hald-runner
    S 0 2170 2132 0 80 0 1092 912 397684 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-inpu
    S 0 2210 2132 0 80 0 1060 911 - ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-gene
    S 0 2213 2132 0 80 0 1064 911 - ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-gene
    S 0 2231 2132 0 80 0 1096 913 323805 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-stor
    S 0 2236 2132 0 80 0 1100 913 - ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-stor
    S 0 2237 2132 0 80 0 1076 916 399015 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-cpuf
    S 106 2238 2132 0 80 0 1076 844 - ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-acpi
    S 0 2246 2132 0 80 0 984 786 399860 ? 00:00:07 hald-addon-acpi
    S 0 2350 1 0 80 0 2388 1665 - ? 00:00:00 gdm
    S 0 2352 2350 0 80 0 2840 1794 socket ? 00:00:00 gdm-simple-slav
    S 0 2359 1 0 80 0 428 444 - ? 00:00:00 startpar
    R 0 2360 2352 3 80 0 22096 7713 - tty7 00:00:55 X
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    S 0 2943 1 0 80 0 2644 1850 - ? 00:00:00 cupsd
    S 0 3087 1 0 80 0 1152 35453 - ? 00:00:00 nscd
    S 0 3092 1 0 80 0 2600 3779 - ? 00:00:00 NetworkManager
    S 0 3103 1 0 80 0 1780 967 - ? 00:00:00 modem-manager
    S 0 3105 1 0 80 0 1140 1056 - ? 00:00:00 wpa_supplicant
    S 0 3107 1 0 80 0 3028 1821 - ? 00:00:00 nm-system-setti
    S 0 3127 3092 0 80 0 896 612 - ? 00:00:00 dhclient
    S 0 3160 1 0 80 0 1788 1761 - ? 00:00:00 master
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    S 0 3393 1 0 80 0 1036 1643 - ? 00:00:00 sshd
    S 0 3664 1 0 80 0 864 783 - ? 00:00:00 xinetd
    S 1000 3942 1 0 80 0 2112 5533 399818 ? 00:00:00 gnome-keyring-d
    S 1000 3956 3172 0 80 0 8496 9350 - ? 00:00:00 gnome-session
    S 0 4107 1 0 80 0 664 567 - tty1 00:00:00 mingetty
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    S 1000 4180 3956 0 80 0 476 1004 - ? 00:00:00 gpg-agent
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    S 1000 4411 1 0 80 0 26076 18140 - ? 00:00:02 tomboy
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    Default Re: Cannot change desktop appearance

    If you have both kde3 and gnome installed you should be careful to only start the correct application for these settings.

    The Control Centre is a kde3 application, so you should be running that in kde3. The same principle applies in gnome, only use the gnome settings manager in gnome (I'm not sure what it's called as I don't use gnome)
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  3. #3

    Default Re: Cannot change desktop appearance

    As far as I know, I am using gnome desktop and its Control Center to change the desktop appearance. I did not have KDE desktop related stuff installed during my openSuse 11.1 installation.

    Perhaps some kde stuff got installed as a side effect of installing some applications from the repository.

    Unfortunately, I do not know what processes currently running on my system makes use of KDE.

    Would you have a particular strategy to follow so I can fix this issue?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Cannot change desktop appearance

    Hi,
    you should try running the daemon from CLI,

    Code:
    sudo gnome-settings-daemon
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