[arch-general] Gnome-disk-utility (Gnome "Disks") problem

Francis Gerund ranrund at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 01:31:51 UTC 2016

Okay, I solved the problem.

Analysis:  Gnome 3 sucks.

On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 5:49 PM, Francis Gerund <ranrund at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello.
> I am running Arch up-to-date 64-bit, with Gnome desktop environment.
> Until recently, the Gnome-disk-utility (Gnome "Disks" program) was working
> fine.
> The Gnome-disk-utility is currently 3.20.1-1, apparently updated
> 2016-04-12.
> Today, when I start it using either the icon on the favorites menu on the
> left side of the desktop, or from the catch-all icon on the favorites menu,
> that goes to all of the icons that actually launch application programs in
> Gnome, either way I just get the drop-down menu labeled "Disks" in the top
> menu bar of the Gnome desktop.  No window appears for "Disks".
> In the drop-down menu there are 4 choices:
> 1)  "Attach disk image"
> 2)  "Help"
> 3)  "About"
> 4)  "Quit"
> Clicking Quit: the program never launches, the menu just goes away.
> Clicking Help: the program never launches, but a Gnome Help window titled
> "Disks & Storage" does pop up.
> Clicking About: -nothing happens.
> Clicking "Attach disk image" just the far left part of a window pops up,
> the rest of the window is past the right edge of the desktop.  The window
> is titled "Select Disk Image To Attach".  It looks like a window from Gnome
> "Files" (Nautilus).  Clicking "Cancel" makes that window go away, revealing
> the main "Disks" window, which *seems* to work as usual, but I am reluctant
> to test it out.  Clicking the "X" buttion dismisses the window, as
> expected.
> (Note: at times investigating this, the gnome-disk-utility window(s) may
> lock up, as well as the mouse, requiring the entire desktop to be "crashed"
> manually using alt-ctl-bksp, to escape.)
> I have, in various combinations,
> 1) rebooted
> 2) updated (sudo pacman -Syyuv)
> 3) reinstalled gnome-disk-utility (sudo pacman -Rs gnome-disk-utility)
> 4) downgraded using the local package cache to the previous version,and
> the the version before that (sudo pacman -U
> gnome-disk-utility-3.20.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz, and sudo pacman -U
> gnome-disk-utility-
> 5) upgraded gnome-disks-utility again (sudo pacman -U
> gnome-disk-utility-3.20.1-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz)
> 6) searched online for information
> 7) told the problem it was not wanted here and to please go away.
> The problem did not go away.
> Note: part way through the process, gnome-terminal suddenly showed the
> same problem, which went away as soon as gnome-terminal was reinstalled. So
> I suspect that the problem may not be with gnome-desktop utility, but with
> something else, perhaps recently updated, in the Gnome system.
> I did rely upon gnome-disk-utility, especially to manage external usb
> disks without losing data,  so this is a real problem.
> Has anyone else run into this problem?
> Any solutions?  Any ideas?

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