Bug#245848: gnome-settings-daemon fails to start -> similar problem + workaround
Using unstable with gnome 2.6 from experimental
debian kernel package: 2.6.5-1-k7
Arch: x86 Athlon XP
Im using Metacity Version: 1:2.8.1-1
and I have the gnome-icon-theme package from experimental
I have the same behavior as Rob Speer reported, upon starting gnome I get a message about the gnome-settings-daemon being unable to start,
my fonts are really small and not the ones I have set as default. Icons on the desktop are those curled sheets of paper.
But what I discovered by accident, is that as soon as I go to Applications -> Desktop Preferences -> Font from the gnome menu
is that the problems correct themselves, icons reappear, and font corrects itself. I don't actually have to change the font or do anything
just opening the selector application, seems to jumpstart the settings daemon.
Hope this may help in some way, if you need more information just ask, I'm new to reporting bugs so I've probably forgotten something.