Bug#506506: Another very similar phenomenon

Paul E Condon pecondon at mesanetworks.net
Tue Mar 24 16:33:18 UTC 2009

On 2009-03-24_16:46:31, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le mardi 24 mars 2009 ? 09:38 -0600, Paul E Condon a ?crit :
> > Per your instructions I did that. At the time, I had already started sixteen 
> > extra gnome-terminal windows, because I already suspect that having a large
> > number ot windows open increases the problem. I also ran 
> > ps -ef |grep 'gnome-terminal' |wc
> > There was exactly ONE instance of gnome-terminal running (,and one instance
> > of "grep 'gnome-terminal'").
> > 
> > This is what I got:
> > pec at big:~$  gdb gnome-terminal
> > GNU gdb 6.8-debian
> > Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> > License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
> > This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
> > There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  Type "show copying"
> > and "show warranty" for details.
> > This GDB was configured as "i486-linux-gnu"...
> > (gdb) run
> As I explained, you need to type "run --disable-factory" if you want to
> start a new gnome-terminal process.
> You also probably want to start the dozens of windows from the new
> process you are starting, not from the existing one.

Now that I am getting into explicitly trying to trigger this bug, I
see that I really don't know how to trigger it for certain. I'm coming
to believe that long time running may be important to getting it to
happen. I have a little icon in the upper panel that I put there when
I installed gnome. Clicking that icon starts gnome-terminal. I know
how to edit the internal object that provides that icon. Now the
command that it invokes is 'gnome-terminal'. Should I edit it to be
'gdb gnome-terminal' ? But then where would the controlling console
be? Rather than my inventing some crazy scheme, I would like some
instruction as to what, in detail, to do.

Also, do you know whether the single instance of gnome-terminal
terminates when all the window instances are closed? Or does it hang
around waiting for a request to open a new window quickly?

Paul E Condon           
pecondon at mesanetworks.net

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