Bug#599313: vertical left located gnome-panel freezes when too many applications are open at the same time

Olivier Blondel olivier.fr90 at laposte.net
Wed Oct 6 15:57:51 UTC 2010

Package: gnome-panel
Version: 2.30.2-1
Severity: normal

Th desktop is organized as follows:
1- on the left side of the sceen, two panels are open:
        - one for the commonly used applications,
        - the other one for the running applications.
2- when too many applications are open (arround 6-8) these two left located
gnome-panels freeze and become unreachable...
It is then impossible neither to get access to an already opened application
nor to open a new one.
3- when using conky to look after what's going on about the running processes,
it turns out that gnome-panel is using about 50% of the CPU resources.
4- the way to get out off this trap is then to hardly kill gnome-panel process.

A screen snapshot is available but do not know how to proceed for the
attachment !

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing-proposed-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'testing-proposed-updates'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gnome-panel depends on:
ii  gnome-about                2.30.2-1      The GNOME about box
ii  gnome-control-center       1:2.30.1-2    utilities to configure the GNOME d
ii  gnome-desktop-data         2.30.2-1      Common files for GNOME desktop app
ii  gnome-menus                2.30.3-1      an implementation of the freedeskt
ii  gnome-panel-data           2.30.2-1      common files for the GNOME Panel
ii  libatk1.0-0                1.30.0-1      The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libbonobo2-0               2.24.3-1      Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libbonoboui2-0             2.24.3-1      The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6                      2.11.2-6      Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libcairo2                  1.8.10-6      The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libcanberra-gtk0           0.24-1        Gtk+ helper for playing widget eve
ii  libcanberra0               0.24-1        a simple abstract interface for pl
ii  libdbus-1-3                1.2.24-3      simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2           0.88-2        simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libecal1.2-7         Client library for evolution calen
ii  libedataserver1.2-13    Utility library for evolution data
ii  libedataserverui1.2-8    GUI utility library for evolution 
ii  libgconf2-4                2.28.1-4      GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglib2.0-0               2.24.2-1      The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-desktop-2-17      2.30.2-1      Utility library for loading .deskt
ii  libgnome-menu2             2.30.3-1      an implementation of the freedeskt
ii  libgtk2.0-0                2.20.1-1+b1   The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libgweather1               2.30.2-1      GWeather shared library
ii  libical0                   0.44-3        iCalendar library implementation i
ii  libice6                    2:1.0.6-1     X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  liborbit2                  1:2.14.18-0.1 libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpanel-applet2-0         2.30.2-1      library for GNOME Panel applets
ii  libpango1.0-0              1.28.1-1      Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpolkit-gobject-1-0      0.96-3        PolicyKit Authorization API
ii  librsvg2-2                 2.26.3-1      SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii  libsm6                     2:1.1.1-1     X11 Session Management library
ii  libwnck22                  2.30.3-1      Window Navigator Construction Kit 
ii  libx11-6                   2:1.3.3-3     X11 client-side library
ii  libxrandr2                 2:1.3.0-3     X11 RandR extension library
ii  menu-xdg                   0.5           freedesktop.org menu compliant win
ii  policykit-1-gnome          0.96-2        GNOME authentication agent for Pol
ii  python                     2.6.5-13      interactive high-level object-orie
ii  python-gconf               2.28.1-1      Python bindings for the GConf conf
ii  python-gnome2              2.28.1-1      Python bindings for the GNOME desk

Versions of packages gnome-panel recommends:
ii  alacarte                      0.13.1-1   easy GNOME menu editing tool
ii  evolution-data-server evolution database backend server
ii  gnome-applets                 2.30.0-3   Various applets for the GNOME pane
ii  gnome-icon-theme              2.30.3-1   GNOME Desktop icon theme
ii  gnome-session                 2.30.2-2   The GNOME Session Manager - GNOME 
ii  gvfs                          1.6.3-1    userspace virtual filesystem - ser

Versions of packages gnome-panel suggests:
ii  epiphany-browser         2.30.6-1        Intuitive GNOME web browser
ii  evolution                2.30.2-1        groupware suite with mail client a
ii  gnome-terminal [x-termin 2.30.2-1        The GNOME terminal emulator applic
ii  gnome-user-guide [gnome2 2.30.1-1        GNOME user's guide
ii  nautilus                 2.30.1-2        file manager and graphical shell f
ii  xterm [x-terminal-emulat 261-1           X terminal emulator
ii  yelp                     2.30.1+webkit-1 Help browser for GNOME

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