Gnome has been giving me mysterious problems. I am running a testing
amd64 installation (gnome 2.14). My install was very problematic. The
package that checks signatures debsig-verify wouldn't allow many
packages to install. When I removed it, the installation continued, but
had many holes that I had to fix manually. When gnome came up, the top
tool bar was sparsely populated. It did not have a main applications
menu. I have since installed one, along with many other gnome packages.
After this installation exercise, I rebooted and gnome would not come
up. The top and bottom toolbars would blink maybe 10-15 times and then
die. cntrl-alt-backspace would simply kill the graphics screen, leading
to removing and restarting gdm. When I ran gnome in safemode, I recieved
many OAF (object activation framework) errors about the applets in my
tool bar. When I installed the liboaf-dev, I no longer received errors
in the safemode and gnome came up normally. However, when I tried to
install the system monitor applet, I received oaf errors again. Is there
a known problem with the system monitor applet?
I should also point out that I installed many of the theme packages, and
that these have not shown up in the theme chooser. It seems that I have
an infirmed gnome installation.