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Recent problems with Gnome

Hello,
I recently started seeing the below error messages on my Gnome desktop.
I tried uninstalling and reinstalling gnome using Yum on my EL4 server, but nothing changed, I still see the same problems.

When I install kde, it works great, but Gnome doesn't :(

"An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information for gnome-settings-daemon. Some of your configuration settings may not work properly."

"An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information for Nautilus. Some of your configuration settings may not work properly."

"An error occurred while loading or saving configuration information for Power Manager. Some of your configuration settings may not work properly."

"GConf error, failed to contact configuration server; possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash."
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eggster34
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Adam314Commented:
Do you have .gvfs in your home directory?  If so, who owns it, and what are it's permissions?

cd
ls -ld .gvfs
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eggster34Author Commented:
I don't think I do :(

[root@eggsterlinux home]# cd
[root@eggsterlinux ~]# ls -ld .gvfs
ls: .gvfs: No such file or directory
[root@eggsterlinux ~]#
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Adam314Commented:
Is the gnome-settings-daemon running?
    ps -ef | grep gnome-settings
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eggster34Author Commented:
[root@eggsterlinux ~]# ps -ef | grep gnome-settings
root      3656  3624  0 10:10 pts/1    00:00:00 grep gnome-settings
root     16959     1  0 Nov10 ?        00:00:00 /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon
root     22714     1  0 Nov10 ?        00:00:00 /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon
[root@eggsterlinux ~]#
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Adam314Commented:
Are you logging in to gnome as root, or are you logging in as some other user, then su root?
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eggster34Author Commented:
I'm logging in to as root to everything.
one of my disk drives went bad the other day and I replaced it (it was in a mirrored array) , perhaps I still need to refresh some groupownerships or permissions on some system folders just in case they became corrupt?
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Adam314Commented:
I'm not sure... if no one else has any suggestions, you could re-install.  I've not done this with EL, but have with ubuntu.  Personal settings (that are saved in users home directories) were not lost, but system config settings were.  Luckily, I had backed them up, so just restored them, but it was still a bit of a hassle.

Hopefully some one else will have a better idea.
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eggster34Author Commented:
I used yum grounremove gnome to remove it and reinstall it, but everything stayed the same. do you happen to know which folder(s) gnome resides in? so that I can check out the permissions on those folders?
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Adam314Commented:
/etc/gnome
~/.gnome2
/usr/lib/gnome*
/usr/share/doc/*gnome*
/usr/share/*gnome*
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eggster34Author Commented:
I resolved the issue myself by erasing the gconf-root folder from \tmp

it's a shame that none of the so-called "experts" in this community cared to help me with my problem and I had to spend hours figuring it out :( I guess EE is not what it used to be anymore.
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Adam314Commented:
Wow, that is a bit rude.  I tried to help, but was unable.  I'm guessing this is also the reason no one else offered any help.

Do note that the experts here are volunteers - we are not paid - we use our personal time to help those that ask, knowing that the only possible reward will be "thanks".

Anyways, instead of having the question deleted, you should accept your own answer.  That way, it may be helpful to someone else in the future.
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eggster34Author Commented:
Adam, since you are the only one who offered to help me, you were the last person I was referring to in my email. I really appreciate the time and effort you have spent to assist me with the issue, I'm very sorry if I offended you in any way. I was more or less criticizing the system; when I joined EE back in 2004 (was using another nick then) as a premium member, more experts were interested in my questions and almost all of my questions were resolved within a day or two; I've sadly noticed that for the last year or so, the number of experts who responded and the amount of good advice declined at an alarming rate, now it's often some of my questions go unanswered for days, and unresolved matters remain for weeks at a time. This was not how EE used to be, and I blame the owners and the inadequate points system; I feel that EE should allow us to assign more points or lower their threshold for the experts to become free members. I'll follow your advice, thanks for warning me, and thank you again for your efforts and help. I'm sure I'll see you in another thread since I'm never short of problems :)
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eggster34Author Commented:
No need to cancel.
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eggster34Author Commented:
I'm trying to close this question by accepting my own solution as the answer, but can't :(
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Adam314Commented:
When you try to accept your own post as the answer, it will automatically wait several (I think 4) days from when you request it, to when it is closed.  This is to give the experts a chance to object to it - if any of them feel they contributed sufficiently to deserve points, then can object, and a moderator will review.  If there are no objections, your post is accepted as the answer, and the question is closed without awarding anyone any points.
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eggster34Author Commented:
my answer is the solution.
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