problems replacing fam by gamin (was: going from XFCE to Gnome?)
On Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 03:24:28 -0700, Michael M. wrote:
> I found a few problems on my system (Lenny/testing) after I replaced fam
> with gamin:
> 1) Menus in OO.org took many seconds to open -- at least 15, perhaps
> 20. This was extremely irritating and made OO.org a pain to use.
> 2) The GNOME trash applet no longer updated to show when there were
> items in the trash. I could no longer empty the trash from the panel.
> Not such a big deal, but I typically have most windows on most desktops
> maximized so I don't usually make use of any icons on the desktop. So I
> found it convenient to empty the trash from the panel.
> 3) Nautilus was considerably slower to respond to any attempts to open
> a new window. The problem wasn't as severe as the problem with OO.org
These seem to be pretty serious problems, worthy of being reported as
bugs. I cannot comment any further on these issues since I don't use
> Restoring fam and removing gamin put things back to normal. But the
> reason I installed gamin in the first place is that exaile requires it,
> so in the end I decided to remove a lot of GNOME and am using Openbox
> instead. OO.org works fine with gamin, as long as you aren't using it
> under GNOME. If you use it under GNOME, it appears you need fam, or
> will face some major irritation. I still use the GNOME panel, mainly
> because I love Tomboy and find a few other features of that panel
> appealing, but I no longer use the Trash applet nor the trash bin at
> all. I'm no longer using Nautilus, though it is still installed.
I think it is unlikely that such obvious problems would go unnoticed by
the (Debian-)Gnome community. Could you be missing some recommended
packages? You could run
aptitude search '!~i(~dgnome|~dgtk|~dopenoffice)~RBrecommends:~i'
and check if anything suspicious turns up, for example something related
to gnome-vfs. (This search command should find all not installed
packages which have "gnome", "gtk" or "openoffice" in their description
and which would satisfy a currently unfulfilled recommendation of some
Regards, | http://users.icfo.es/Florian.Kulzer