cairo doesn't run, only settings window appears

Bug #1244997 reported by axel
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Cairo-Dock Plug-ins
Fix Released
Matthieu Baerts
cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Matthieu Baerts
Fix Released
Matthieu Baerts
Fix Released
Matthieu Baerts

Bug Description

This is version from Kubuntu 13.10 repositories.

see attached file



As you can see, this new version fixes a few bugs (some are more annoying than other) and it also fixes two crashes.
The most important bug here is detailed on LP: #1244997 : on some non-GNOME DE (e.g. KDE), '~/.config/gtk-3.0' dir is not available: it is unreadable or not created and this problem causes a crash.

[Test Case]

On a fresh installation of KUbuntu (or remove/rename/change owner/change rights/... of this dir: '~/.config/gtk-3.0'):
* Install Cairo-Dock 3.3.1 (from Ubuntu repos)
* Launch it (with the default theme)
* It crashes
* Install the 3.3.2 version (e.g by adding the official ppa: ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa and update the system)
* Re-launch the dock
* no more crashes.

[Regression Potential]

This new version (3.3.2) has been released a few weeks ago (2013-10-29). It is used by many people (on 2013-11-11, ~27.700 users have downloaded this version from our ppa according to the stats given by Launchpad) and it seems there is no regression due to this version.

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axel (axel334) wrote :
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Matthieu Baerts (matttbe) wrote :

Hello and thank you for this bug report!

Do you still have this crash after having launched this command?

   $ mkdir ~/.config/gtk-3.0/

If yes, is it possible to get a backtrace of this crash with GDB? It's explained there:

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axel (axel334) wrote :

This helped. Cairo is visible but when I run it from terminal I still get errors. See attachment.

affects: cairo-dock-core → cairo-dock-plug-ins
Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins:
status: New → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → Matthieu Baerts (matttbe)
milestone: none → 3.3.2
Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
assignee: nobody → Matthieu Baerts (matttbe)
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu Saucy):
assignee: nobody → Matthieu Baerts (matttbe)
status: New → Triaged
milestone: none → saucy-updates
Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu Trusty):
milestone: none → ubuntu-14.01
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Matthieu Baerts (matttbe) wrote :

Thank you!

About the errors:
* your video drivers seem fine but they are not perfect
* GIO is not running (can be annoying when the dock will manipulate files and monitor the trash if the dock can't start it)
* some shortkeys are already used
* some images are not found

Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu Trusty):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote : Missing SRU information

Thanks for uploading the fix for this bug report to -proposed. However, when reviewing the package in -proposed and the details of this bug report I noticed that the bug description is missing information required for the SRU process. You can find full details at but essentially this bug is missing some of the following: a statement of impact, a test case and details regarding the regression potential. Thanks in advance!

description: updated
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Chris Halse Rogers (raof) wrote : Please test proposed package

Hello axel, or anyone else affected,

Accepted cairo-dock-plug-ins into saucy-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu Saucy):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
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Matthieu Baerts (matttbe) wrote :

Hello Chris,

I confirm that this bug is now fixed when using this version 3.3.2-0ubuntu0.1, thank you!

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu Saucy):
importance: Undecided → High
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package cairo-dock-plug-ins - 3.3.2-0ubuntu0.1

cairo-dock-plug-ins (3.3.2-0ubuntu0.1) saucy-proposed; urgency=low

  * New upstream release. (bug-fix version)
  * Detailed Upstream ChangeLog (3.3.1 -> 3.3.2)
    - Animated-icons: add the option to disable the 'opening animations'
      in Animated-icons' settings
    - DBus: third-party: init: register the applets after having set the
      text domain for gettext (to translate some titles)
    - Dock-rendering: panel view: fixed the input shape when there is a
      single group of icons (no separator) LP: #1089052
    - GMenu:
      - Apps: fixed tiny memory leak when stopping GMenu
      - Apps: New app: avoid multiple dialogues and select the first item
        in the list
      - Entry: with GTK 3.10: both the entry and the menu receive the signal
        that a key is pressed. This causes a bug: each character is doubled
      - Menus: added a workaround for libgnomemenu if XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP
        is not defined (e.g. when using XFCE)
    - Icon Effect: config: move 'opening animation' option to 'when
      clicking on a launcher' section
    - MusicPlayer: fixed a bug when changing the player and fixed a few
      small memory leaks
    - System Monitor:
      - SWAP percent was computed twice
      - Fixed a possible crash if we want to display more than 4 values in
        a graph view
    - Shortcuts: bookmarks file:
      - If the file doesn't exist, first create the directory before
        creating an empty file LP: #1244997
      - Check for the existence of the old and new bookmark files to decide
        which one to use (useful for Mint 14 for instance)
    - Weather: on double-click on the main icon, show the hourly forecast
    - Translations: imported translations from Launchpad. LP: #1243608
  * debian/control:
    - bumped Cairo-Dock (core) versions
    - bumped Standards-Version to 3.9.4 (no change needed)
 -- Matthieu Baerts (matttbe) <email address hidden> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:38:36 +0100

Changed in cairo-dock-plug-ins (Ubuntu Saucy):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote : Update Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for cairo-dock-plug-ins has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regresssions.

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