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[Solution] Re: Gnome not starting.. (after a crash)

Grettings (again),

Found it!  The problem was with 'yiff', a sound server which is
suggested by the 'xshipwars' package.

I hardly switch off the machine that I installed it on, but when it was
rebooted (I'll have to talk to my SO about that one), 'yiff' opened
/dev/dsp.  This caused everything else to block:

gnome (sound)

Removing this package (and all the related 'xshipwars' packages) fixed
the problem.  I fould the problem by using 'strace' on mpg123, to find
that it was blocking on /dev/dsp, and 'lsof' to show that 'yiff' was
the culparate.

OK.  What do I do from here?  I can email a bug report to the
maintainer..  Raphael Bossek <bossekr@debian.org>.  I'm using a web
updated potato with security updates.

I only received one email from my original request (thanks Andrea).


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'Gnome' is not starting up anymore, and I'm not able to run 
gnome applications:

It opens a connection on the localhost to port 16001,
and waits, but doesn't get anything.. and seems to just be hanging.

What is this port?  I don't know how the gnome system works, so any
pointers (to documentation or whatever) would be useful.

Running 'strace' on a gnome application gives
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open("/etc/popt", O_RDONLY)             = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
getuid()                                = 1001
geteuid()                               = 1001
open("/home/paul/.popt", O_RDONLY)      = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/tmp/.esd/socket", R_OK|W_OK)   = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
fcntl(3, F_SETFD, FD_CLOEXEC)           = 0
setsockopt(3, SOL_SOCKET, SO_REUSEADDR, [1], 4) = 0
connect(3, {sin_family=AF_INET, sin_port=htons(16001), sin_addr=inet_addr("")}}, 16) = 0
rt_sigaction(SIGPIPE, {0x403a9eb0, [], SA_RESTART|0x4000000}, {SIG_DFL}, 8) = 0
open("/home/paul/.esd_auth", O_RDONLY)  = 4
read(4, "\r\37C@\340\32C@\314\373\377\277\0\236\0@", 16) = 16
write(3, "\r\37C@\340\32C@\314\373\377\277\0\236\0@", 16) = 16
write(3, "NDNE", 4)                     = 4
read(3,  <unfinished ...>

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