Ubuntu 13.10 Bugs: Gnome-Settings-Daemon Crash

Originally, when I would first boot up, I would get numerous errors about the Gnome-Settings-Daemon crashing.  Here’s my research into fixing those.

A note on Ask Ubuntu mentioned installing libgnome-desktop 3.8.4….

I used Synaptic Package Manager to see that “libgnome-desktop-3-7” was already at 3.8.4-ubuntu1.1.  Just as a guess, I tried installing “libgnome-desktop-2-17“.

That actually fixed the error messages on boot up!  I also noticed that it fixed some of the programs that didn’t look quite right.  The theme was broken for some reason, and this fixed it.

Note: I think that some of this might be related to installing Nvidia Prime.

Update: I used Synaptic to uninstall the “libgnome-desktop-2-17” package, and my problems didn’t come back.  So, that must not have been the exact problem.  Maybe some dependency to that package was the problem or it was something that didn’t completely uninstall.

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3 thoughts on “Ubuntu 13.10 Bugs: Gnome-Settings-Daemon Crash

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I had recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 and Nvidia Prime myself. These errors kept popping on startup, like 8 of them at once and one “post-startup” error, a minute after boot.

    Installing libgnome-desktop-2-17, like so “sudo apt-get install libgnome-desktop-2-17” worked flawlessly.

    I’m very curious why. You did not elaborate much on this in your post. Can you please?

  2. Thanks for your update. It’s nice to know that I am not alone.

    I didn’t elaborate because I was having trouble nailing details down. The errors don’t seem consistent at all for me.

    Installing the libgnome-desktop-2-17 fixed it for a while, but then uninstalling it didn’t bring the errors back. I finally decided that it did seem to make a difference to have it installed, so I’ve kept it installed.

    I haven’t captured any of the error text. I just get the cancel or report buttons and never any details. I am sure there is a way to find the exact error, but I haven’t take the time to figure it out.

    I am actually thinking about uninstalling prime and going back to optimus. I think that might be better for me. I’ll try to blog how that works for me when I get it done.

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