[maemo-users] sporadic reset of hildon desktop

From: Kimmo Hämäläinen kimmo.hamalainen at nokia.com
Date: Fri May 9 08:45:16 EEST 2008
On Thu, 2008-05-08 at 18:28 -0700, ext Dylan McCall wrote:
> Sorry Peter, I sent this straight to you the first time. Always do
> that with my first posts :/
> I have been able to reproduce this crash consistently with Pidgin from
> downloads.maemo.org on OS2008 (N810). Clicking on the notification are
> icon to show and hide Pidgin's buddy list does it every time for me.
> Does not lose any running software, and hildon deskt is restarted
> soundly, but it is a tad ugly. (And it's obviously not right!).
> Can anybody else confirm that? I imagine we can blame Pidgin, but it
> smells like something wrong with the desktop's error handling...

The problem is that the plugins run in the desktop process, and thus if
some plugin causes a segmentation fault, it takes down the whole
desktop. Old desktop versions caused a reboot when they crashed, but
from hildon-desktop 1:0.0.38-1 onwards there is so-called safe mode that
allows the desktop to be restarted with the default set of plugins. We
could maybe run some of the plugins in a separate process in the future.
That would prevent the desktop from crashing and would aid in
identifying and fixing the broken plugin. If someone has better
suggestions, please send me an e-mail :)

BR; Kimmo

> Bye,
> -Dylan
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