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Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby jchonig on Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:22 am

Cinnamon automatically updated from the PPA on my Ubuntu 12.04 systems. Now it always crashes on startup and goes into fallback mode. This also happens if I run ``cinnamon --replace''.

I'm running the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS updates on two systems:

1) ASUS 1015 Netbook, Intel graphics, 32-bit Ubuntu
2) DELL E6420, Nvidia graphics, 64-bit Ubuntu

Anyone seen this? Any suggestions for debugging?

Thanks.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby grrrrr on Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:49 am

Try
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apt-get dist-upgrade
but be prepared for more problems...
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby mintybits on Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:19 pm

I'm having some weird problems too. Just happened this week.

Cinnamon menu doesn't function properly - only some menus can be selected. Desktop icons have changed style. On boot, sometimes the desktop icons are not there. On the toolbar, several apps have the same icon so I cannot tell them apart. Ubuntu reports crashes from time to time.

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$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:   Ubuntu
Description:   Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
Release:   12.04
Codename:   precise


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$ cinnamon --version
Cinnamon 2.0.2
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby dcrowder on Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:42 pm

Most posts telling how to go to Cinnamon 2.0 say 12.04 may have issues and recommend 12.10 or later.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby grrrrr on Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:59 pm

mintybits wrote:I'm having some weird problems too. Just happened this week.

Cinnamon menu doesn't function properly - only some menus can be selected. Desktop icons have changed style. On boot, sometimes the desktop icons are not there. On the toolbar, several apps have the same icon so I cannot tell them apart. Ubuntu reports crashes from time to time.


The following should fix the icon issues:

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apt-get install gnome-icon-theme-*
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby grrrrr on Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:03 pm

dcrowder wrote:Most posts telling how to go to Cinnamon 2.0 say 12.04 may have issues and recommend 12.10 or later.


Well that just seems crazy.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby zerozero on Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:17 pm

not crazy, some lib failed to build on precise (4 at the time of writing, maybe more when some users were updating earlier)
https://launchpad.net/~gwendal-lebihan-dev/+archive/cinnamon-stable/+packages?field.name_filter=&field.status_filter=published&field.series_filter=precise
until it's all clear it's not safe to update if you are in 12.04/mint13
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby grrrrr on Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:28 pm

zerozero wrote:not crazy, some lib failed to build on precise (4 at the time of writing, maybe more when some users were updating earlier)
https://launchpad.net/~gwendal-lebihan-dev/+archive/cinnamon-stable/+packages?field.name_filter=&field.status_filter=published&field.series_filter=precise
until it's all clear it's not safe to update if you are in 12.04/mint13


Upgrading your OS for the sake of some stability issues on a new version of a DM is extreme. It'd make more sense to advise holding off on upgrading to cinnamon 2.0 instead
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby dcrowder on Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:01 pm

Nobody is telling him to upgrade. I agree most people should wait for Cinnamon 2 to hit official repositories.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby sun11 on Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:41 pm

My Ubuntu 12.10 also crashed...how can I fix it?Is it possible to downgrade cinnamon?
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby butapren on Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:17 am

Same on all machines (Lenovo T510i) in our company running Ubuntu 12.04 with Cinnamon. After upragde and reboot Cinnamon crashes just after login and falls back into default mode. After running apt-cache showpkg cinnnamon I do not see the prvious version. How can I downgrade Cinnamon to 1.8 ?
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby ve1 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:10 pm

I got the exact same issue you all described with my Cinnamon DE on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS after a recent update a few days ago. Cinnamon was running fine and was my main DE. Just did my daily updates like I usually do (I guess Cinnamon 2.0.2 update occurred from the PPA) and since then the Cinnamon DE has been useless.

I can run in my Xfce DE and Unity DE sessions with no issues, so I'm not about to mess with my base system just for this Cinnamon DE inconvenience. But I would like to get my Cinnamon DE running again on Ubuntu 12.04. I'm not going to Ubuntu 12.10. That makes no sense.

If anyone knows how to fix Cinnamon 2.0.2 on Ubuntu 12.04 with certainty, it should be appreciated if you could list the details. Otherwise I will just wait until a proven patch/fix comes out in the regular updates to address this Cinnamon DE issue on Ubuntu 12.04.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby jchonig on Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:11 pm

Why was a stable repo upgraded with something that does not build? This seems to be the source of the problem. If it's not stable, don't put it into the repo.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby purplegreen on Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:38 pm

Cinnamon on my Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 also crashes after the recent update, and I am also using the cinnamon PPA: https://launchpad.net/~gwendal-lebihan- ... /cinnamon-stable. Tried most related tips on the Internet (cinnamon --replace, re-install packages, yada yada yada) but none of them worked. I will appreciate if anyone knows how to fix the problem, or when the 'working' build will be released on the stable PPA. The update manager says 'Software updates correct errors, eliminate security vulnerabilities and provide new features', and many people prefer to use the LTS version, so please don't say something like 'why you update the package' or 'why don't you upgrade the OS'. Thanks.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby ve1 on Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:17 am

I've seen two additional updates to Cinnamon 2 DE (now at 2.0.4 on my system) since the first 2.0.2 PPA update rendered my Cinnamon DE on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS useless. Cinnamon 2.0.4 is still useless on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

I can't believe a non stable version of the DE that they know will have issues was put into the PPA. After the initial assessment time I put into trying to fix the Cinnamon 2.0.2 DE, I was hoping one of the subsequent updates would eventually fix the issue. So far that strategy has not worked.

As mentioned already by a few people, it's crazy to mess with your core system just for a work around for the Cinnamon desktop issues caused by very poor version management. If anyone knows of a real fix for the Cinnamon DE (without going to 12.10, etc.) on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS it would be appreciated if they could detail the steps. Otherwise, I'm good working in my Xfce or Unity DE's until the people developing Cinnamon at Linux Mint realize what they have done and fix the issue. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby grissly on Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:29 pm

I am not here to argue why this or that should or shouldn't have happened, or why it does or doesn't make sense. I just want to know (like 2 people have already asked, yet have not been answered) How do I revert/downgrade back to the version I had before? I don't even know the version I had before I upgraded.

Please, someone who is smarter than me, tell me how to do this.
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Re: Cinnamon 2.0 crashes on Ubuntu 12.04

Postby jchonig on Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:18 pm

A later update to cinnamon 2.0.x has fixed this issue on my laptop.

However, Cinnamon 2.0.14 crashes (and goes into Fallback mode) on my desktop when I use two monitors (configured as two separate screens). It works if the two monitors are set up to mirror. Same configuration as my laptop (Ubuntu 12.04, amd64, nVIDIA graphics). Any tips on how to get debugging information on why it crashes? I'd like to try to fix this problem or file a bug report.

Thanks.

Jeff
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