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    Default Some apps don't work anymore :/

    Recently, I have noticed that many applications don't start anymore. For example, if I click Empathy in the Applications menu, nothing happens.
    Then I try to start it from the command line and I get:
    Code:
    thomas@the-matrix:~ $ empathy
    The program 'empathy' received an X Window System error.
    This probably reflects a bug in the program.
    The error was 'BadLength (poly request too large or internal Xlib length erro'.
      (Details: serial 29 error_code 16 request_code 136 minor_code 17)
      (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
       that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
       To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
       option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
       backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)\
    The same happens with Armegatron, Quadrapassel, and several others.

    It seems as if my "openSuSE Ship" is starting to sink. Is it time for a new one(openSuSE install)?

    Thanks,
    Thomas

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    Default Re: Some apps don't work anymore :/

    it sounds like you installed something by hand that is incompatible

    so

    what did you install or uninstall last ?
    did you "upgrade" from 11.2 to 11.3 or 11.3 to 11.4 ?



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    Default Re: Some apps don't work anymore :/

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post
    it sounds like you installed something by hand that is incompatible

    so

    what did you install or uninstall last ?
    Install: The MySQL Server

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnVV View Post
    did you "upgrade" from 11.2 to 11.3 or 11.3 to 11.4 ?
    Nope, I started out with 11.3.
    Oddly enough, openSuSE started to act up after I installed Ubuntu next to it.
    Perhaps that is somehow related?

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    Default Re: Some apps don't work anymore :/

    On 06/09/2011 06:06 AM, thomas23272 wrote:
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    > Oddly enough, openSuSE started to act up after I installed Ubuntu next
    > to it.
    > Perhaps that is somehow related?


    are you sharing /home and all the configure files/directories therein?

    which, is probably a bad idea!

    personally, i don't let KDE and Gnome share the same /home/[user]

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    Default Re: Some apps don't work anymore :/

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas23272 View Post
    Oddly enough, openSuSE started to act up after I installed Ubuntu next to it.
    It's coincidence, unless you dumped one on top of the other!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 06/09/2011 06:06 AM, thomas23272 wrote:
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    > Oddly enough, openSuSE started to act up after I installed Ubuntu next
    > to it.
    > Perhaps that is somehow related?


    are you sharing /home and all the configure files/directories therein?

    which, is probably a bad idea!

    personally, i don't let KDE and Gnome share the same /home/[user]
    No, I have the /home and the / on different partitions. I also don't have KDE, just Gnome.

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    On 06/09/2011 09:06 PM, thomas23272 wrote:
    > No, I have the /home and the / on different partitions. I also don't


    so you have two different /home partitions? like:

    1 partition for Ubuntu /root
    1 partition for Ubuntu /home
    1 partition for openSUSE /root
    1 partition for openSUSE /home
    1 partition for swap

    and, are you running
    both Gnome2 and Gnome3?
    or Unity and Gnome2?
    or Unity and Gnome3?

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    Default Re: Some apps don't work anymore :/

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 06/09/2011 09:06 PM, thomas23272 wrote:
    > No, I have the /home and the / on different partitions. I also don't


    so you have two different /home partitions? like:

    1 partition for Ubuntu /root
    1 partition for Ubuntu /home
    1 partition for openSUSE /root
    1 partition for openSUSE /home
    1 partition for swap
    Ubuntu is on the same partition. openSuSE is on different ones. And I don't know about swap. Probably on its own partition as well(although I almost never use more than 8KB of it).

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    and, are you running
    both Gnome2 and Gnome3?
    or Unity and Gnome2?
    or Unity and Gnome3?
    Only Gnome2 on both, I think.
    I certainly don't have Gnome3, and I've never heard of nity, so probably not.

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    It dose not look like Ubuntu is the issue
    so Mysql
    from the suse repos or by hand
    Code:
    zypper in mysql
    or
    MySQL :: MySQL Downloads (Generally Available)



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    Default Re: Some apps don't work anymore :/

    On 06/09/2011 11:06 PM, thomas23272 wrote:
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    >> so you have two different /home partitions? like:
    >>
    >> 1 partition for Ubuntu /root
    >> 1 partition for Ubuntu /home
    >> 1 partition for openSUSE /root
    >> 1 partition for openSUSE /home
    >> 1 partition for swap
    >>

    > Ubuntu is on the same partition. openSuSE is on different ones. And I
    > don't know about swap. Probably on its own partition as well(although I
    > almost never use more than 8KB of it).


    these commands in a terminal will point out what is being used in either
    operating system:

    Code:
    df -h
    sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
    cat /proc/partitions
    cat /etc/fstab
    mount
    i'd guess you have to run it in both openSUSE and Ubuntu to see if you
    are mounting the same /home partition in each system...

    if you are, then you are sharing the *configuration* files in your home
    directory with two different systems....which is much more 'dangerous'
    than sharing the same /home with two different DEs (which i mentioned is
    something i won't do--and, wouldn't think of sharing the same between
    two distros....though some do, but that is too many variables for _me_)..

    at any rate, my answer to your question "Perhaps that [two systems side
    by side] is somehow related?" is: yes, i'd guess the problem is
    definitely related if the two systems share _any_ partition in addition
    to /swap

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