Fedora 20 crashes opening settings

asked 2014-02-14 01:10:05 -0500

patpir gravatar image

Since I updated from Fedora 18 to Fedora 20, the system settings crash almost always when I open them. However, it's not just an app crash, but the whole screen freezes (while zooming in to the desktop, back from the applications list) and will not recover. I then have to kill the system by pressing and holding the power button.

Fortunately, sometimes it works, but I have to try several times to change any settings.

I couldn't find anything on the web that looks like it's the same problem. In all those cases just the settings app crashes, and a bug report is generated. Also, all I find is for Fedora 16.

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First backup your data. From a terminal run: gtk-launch gnome-control-center - is this the "system settings app" you mention? Does it print any errors at start? Do you use any custom graphic drivers? You can go different ways from here: try another window manager, perform a fresh Fedora 20 install, try another distribution. Sometimes old hardware support gets broken in new Fedora versions, and upgrades between different Fedora releases are far from being clean or safe. If the problem persists on a clean Fedora 20 - start a thread at http://forums.fedoraforum.org/forumdisplay.php?f=7

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2014-02-18 09:01:04 -0500 )edit

Thanks for your advices. I just tried the gtk-launch gnome-control-center command you mentioned, however it crashed the first time I tried. Next thing I did was to run only gnome-control-center from the terminal, and I got it working several times in a row, with some restarts in between. I will try that for a few days and then tell you if it does always work.

patpir gravatar imagepatpir ( 2014-02-18 10:44:46 -0500 )edit

Crashing gtk-launch gnome-control-center on a clean, up-to-date Fedora 20 is a very good candidate for filling in a bug at https://bugz.fedoraproject.org/control-center

marcindulak gravatar imagemarcindulak ( 2014-02-18 12:57:52 -0500 )edit

It definitely would be, however I do not intend to reinstall my system (this is what you meant with "clean", right?) to test that, at least not if I can avoid the problem with less effort. Maybe I will test it in a few weeks, when there is not so much other work to do, but I'll keep in mind your advice (and the link), should I really need to perform a complete reinstallation.

patpir gravatar imagepatpir ( 2014-02-18 13:07:38 -0500 )edit

After using the gnome-control-center command for about a month I discovered that starting the control center from the GUI now also seems to work fine. No need to report a bug!

patpir gravatar imagepatpir ( 2014-03-20 07:34:47 -0500 )edit