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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ can not see fonts in Gnome

Posted by: Dunhill Sep 4 2006, 12:57 AM

I have RedHat Enterprise workstation 3 64-bit.

When I try to start it, I get an error like: "An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information for Evolution. Some of your configuration settings may not work properly." Meanwhile, I can still see some menus, folders and files. I can still see text in screen.
The error details are:

Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ for information. (Details - 1: IOR file '/root/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory 2: IOR file '/root/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory)

Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ for information. (Details - 1: IOR file '/root/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory 2: IOR file '/root/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory)

Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ for information. (Details - 1: IOR file '/root/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory 2: IOR file '/root/.gconfd/lock/ior' not opened successfully, no gconfd located: No such file or directory)

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Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ for information. (Details - ...)

So, after that, I checked /root/.gconfd/lock/ior. There is indeed no suck a folder "lock". So I copied another folder "lock" with file "ior" inside.

Then I restart, this time I can not even see any text through whole screen...

I deleted "lock" with "ior" inside, reboot, still all menu are empty and I can not see any text but whole screen of error windows...

Please help. thanks a lot!

I have referred to following webpages, but seems not very my problem:
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~help/unix_linux/linux/linux_faq.html#gnomeafs
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/evolution-list/2003-June/msg00692.html
http://www.win.tue.nl/bcf/linux/usage/emptymenu.php

Please help me out, thanks ....

Dunhill

Posted by: JWinnGTO Mar 12 2008, 02:54 PM

QUOTE (Dunhill @ Sep 4 2006, 12:57 AM) *
Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf/ for information. (Details - ...)

I just had this problem, there were tons of others with this error, and yet the fix was only posted in one place, on an obscure forum in the middle of nowhere, halfway through a conversation... To fix this, set the permissions on tmp/gconfd-$USER/ to 700 (user RWX all others have no access, NON-STICKY)
for me this meant
chmod 700 /tmp/gconfd-$USER/
hope this helps

:EDIT:
you apparently were having this problem with a different directory, but the same fix applied to that directory should work I'd imagine

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