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Month: July 2015

Debugging stability

From: Jan Stolarek <jan.stolarek@...>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:13:36 +0200
Hi all,

in the recent weeks I am experiencing serious stability issues on two of my machines running KDE 
3. I know KDE 3 is not Trinity and whatever the causes are they might be fixed in Trinity, but 
nevertheless I believe that the debugging techniques are identical for KDE and Trinity. That's 
why I'm asking for help here.

Machine 1
On first of my machines I am experiencing random desktop freezes around two times a day (this 
started around 2 weeks ago). When this happens the current application becomes irresponsive and I 
am unable to switch to different application by using Alt-tab or by clicking on the task bar. I 
am able to kill the graphical environment using Ctrl-Alt-Backspace or go to text console 
(Ctrl-Alt-F1) to kill tasks. I was unable to find any program that, when killed, would unfreeze 
the desktop. The only puzzling thing is that killing Firefox seems to make it a zombie process.

Machine 2
That machine experiences random problems when loading the desktop after login. The problem 
manifests itself with an error message from KDE panel saying 
that "'/home/USER/.local/share/applications/foo.desktop' service is broken" (where foo is an 
application like Skype, Firefox, etc.) and then the KDE panel becomes irresponsive. Again, this 
is random and sometimes the desktop loads correctly.

In both cases I have no idea how to debug the encountered problems. Are there any logs that could 
point me the source of the problems? Are there any diagnostics that I could run? Any ideas 
appreciated as I fell clueless.


Politechnika Łódzka
Lodz University of Technology

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