Fail Whale, Oh No Something has gone wrong and other things
I'm having a problem where at (seemingly) random times new windows
created by Gnome-Shell show up all black. No text can be seen. I know
it's the real window because if I know where the button is, or if I
press enter or esc then these all-black windows behave as expected.
So I try to restart the window manager using Alt+F2 then r.
This doesn't really help much as the next thing that I get back is that
STUPID screen that says "Oh no, something has gone wrong. Logout".
It has happened no matter what combination of extensions I have
installed or enabled in gnome-shell. It happens whether or not a browser
is open. Sometimes it happens when I click play in youtube, another time
I can watch youtube til the cows come home. I had this problem on a box
that was upgraded wheezy -> jessie. However, I also have the same
problem on a fresh install of Jessie with only debian.org reopos.
When ever these black windows appear, gnome-shell will never start
again until I restart Xorg or the machine. When I try to start it
manually I get :
$ gnome-shell --replace
JS LOG: GNOME Shell started at Wed Sep 18 2013 23:43:35 GMT-0500
Fontconfig warning: "/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf", line 9: reading
configurations from ~/.fonts.conf is deprecated.
map_attachment: Assertion `srb->Map' failed.
And based on something I read somewhere else, that stupid fail-whale
shows up when one of the required apps doesn't start. .
So I'm asking, can someone please tell me how to do any of the
following things :
1. Get the panels working on Gnome3 + metacity
2. Get gnome3 + gnome-shell working reliably
3. Track down the thing that causes gnome-shell to not start
System specs :
OS: Debian Jessie
uname -a : Linux fraser 3.10-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.10.7-1
(2013-08-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux
4 GB RAM
1TB HDD using LVM