Bug#552410: gnome-session: fails to display wallpaper image (root window is all white)

Miles Bader miles at gnu.org
Mon Oct 26 02:24:03 UTC 2009

Package: gnome-session
Version: 2.28.0-1
Severity: normal

Previously I had a background wallpaper image (set via the gnome
settings UI), which displayed fine upon logging in (via gdm +
gnome-session).  After today's upgrade, logging in does not display the
image; instead it displays a completely white root window.

Note that I do _not_ (and do not want to) run nautilus to manage my
desktop.  Since the new version of gnome-session now depends on nautilus
(thus installing it for the first time on my system), I wonder if this
has something to do with the problem.

I think I reported a previous bug where gnome failed to display
background wallpapers correctly; at the time, I think the issue was that
that it _assumed_ nautilus would be around to handle all root window
displays, when obviously that wasn't true.  This current problem may be



-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers oldstable
  APT policy: (500, 'oldstable'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.30-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=ja_JP.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=ja_JP.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gnome-session depends on:
ii  gnome-panel         2.28.0-1             launcher and docking facility for 
ii  gnome-power-manager 2.28.1-2             power management tool for the GNOM
ii  gnome-session-bin   2.28.0-1             The GNOME Session Manager - Minima
ii  gnome-settings-daem 2.28.1-1             daemon handling the GNOME session 
ii  mesa-utils          7.6-1                Miscellaneous Mesa GL utilities
ii  metacity            1:2.28.0-1           lightweight GTK+ window manager
ii  mutter              2.28.1~git20091024-1 lightweight GTK+ window manager
ii  nautilus            2.28.1-1             file manager and graphical shell f
ii  policykit-1-gnome   0.94-1               GNOME authentication agent for Pol

gnome-session recommends no packages.

Versions of packages gnome-session suggests:
ii  desktop-base                  5.0.5      common files for the Debian Deskto
ii  gnome-keyring                 2.28.1-1   GNOME keyring services (daemon and
ii  gnome-user-guide [gnome2-user 2.28.0-1   GNOME user's guide

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