Bug#656762: gnome-shell: after "something went wrong" no chance to save any data at all

Sven Arvidsson sa at whiz.se
Sat Jan 21 16:13:07 UTC 2012

forwarded 656762 https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=658671

On Sun, 2012-01-22 at 00:17 +0900, Norbert Preining wrote:
> there is a very bad development in the gnome-shell that reminds me off the 
> dreaded BSOD under Windows, namely the "Ohh, something went wrong. Please
> log out and in again" or however the message is.
> This is *WRONG*. I am fine if my window manager dies, but I do NOT accept
> that it tears down my ssh session where I am writing long emails.
> After pressing the log out button I see the *still*working* ssh session
> for a fraction until every process is killed.
> gnome-shell should terminate in this case and just leave the other programs
> running. In this case I can terminate the shells and sshs in a proper
> way. Being forced to log out is definitely *not* acceptable.
> Thanks for fixing this in a proper way


The error message isn't actually from gnome-shell but from
gnome-session. Funnily it doesn't even seem to be triggered by a problem
with the shell, but caused by gnome-settings-daemon crashing, the shell
and all apps are happily running in the background. (Or at least on my
system this is the case).

Everything I care about is running under gnome-session so forcing a
logout without a chance to save stuff is pretty bad, for me it's almost
as bad as just restarting X or forcing a reboot.

Until this is fixed upstream I wouldn't mind having the fail whale
function ripped out. If g-s-d crashes I can restart it manually, or live
with badly themed apps until I decide to log out and in again.

Sven Arvidsson
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