Bug#652055: gnome-terminal: occasional invisibility of text

Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho ajk at debian.org
Wed Dec 14 14:25:00 UTC 2011

Package: gnome-terminal
Version: 3.2.1-2
Severity: normal

The attached screenshot shows a problem I encounter frequently: gnome-terminal
decides, for some strange reason, to not show most of the text.  Using the
mouse to select text makes it visible for as long as the selection highlight is
active.  The problem persists for a while and then resolves itself; sometimes
(but not always) forcing a terminal reset resolves the problem.  The problem
occurs several times on an average work day.

Now, it is possible that the problem is somewhere else; I have noticed similar
problems with Emacs (but less frequently).  Please reassign if appropriate.

lspci reports:

01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Technology Solutions Device 10b8
	Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 17
	Memory at c8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
	I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
	Memory at c0100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
	[virtual] Expansion ROM at c0120000 [disabled] [size=128K]
	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
	Kernel driver in use: radeon

Package versions that may be relevant:
gnome-shell			3.2.1-7+b1
xserver-xorg-video-radeon	1:6.14.3-2

(Note that I upgraded gnome-shell to experimental some time ago hoping that it
would cure this problem; it didn't.)

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

Kernel: Linux 3.1.5-ibid-1 (SMP w/2 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=fi_FI.utf8, LC_CTYPE=fi_FI.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages gnome-terminal depends on:
ii  gnome-terminal-data        3.2.1-2
ii  gsettings-desktop-schemas  3.2.0-2
ii  libatk1.0-0                2.2.0-2
ii  libc6                      2.13-23
ii  libgconf2-4                3.2.3-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0         2.24.0-1
ii  libglib2.0-0               2.30.2-4
ii  libgtk-3-0                 3.2.2-3
ii  libice6                    2:1.0.7-2
ii  libpango1.0-0              1.29.4-2
ii  libsm6                     2:1.2.0-2
ii  libvte-2.90-9              1:0.30.1-3
ii  libx11-6                   2:1.4.4-4

Versions of packages gnome-terminal recommends:
ii  gvfs  1.10.1-2
ii  yelp  3.2.1+dfsg-1+b1

gnome-terminal suggests no packages.

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