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Filed under: GNOME — Thomas @ 11:27 am

11:27 am

Up until Fedora 9 I used gnome-session-save after setting up my desktop ones and laying out my terminals just the way I wanted. Among other things, I always have one terminal on the right hand side of my screen, full height, with various tabs that I often refer to (including my todo list program). It was set on every workspace too.

Since upgrading to Fedora 11 it seems gnome-session-save doesn’t save that at all anymore. Anyone have an idea why that changed ?


  1. It’s a known problem. (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=552387)
    A fix should be in gnome 2.26.1, which I don’t think Fedora has packaged. Should be fixed in 2.28, so in the next Fedora (and Ubuntu too) release.

    Comment by Luca Ottaviano — 2009-8-20 @ 12:07 pm

  2. The rewrite to a new session saving protocol forgot some pieces. I have a patch which adds the missing pieces, but apparently it won’t go in for 2.28.


    Comment by Np237 — 2009-8-20 @ 12:09 pm

  3. The feature was completely removed for Gnome 2.24 and some of it was brought back for 2.26.1…

    Comment by Rémi Cardona — 2009-8-20 @ 12:10 pm

  4. Dunno which GNOME version does Fedora 11 have but if it’s less than 2.26.1 you may be a victim of the infamous #552387: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=552387 which is something like “gnome-session is broken”.

    That’s what kept Debian from releasing with gnome-session 2.26 ;\

    Comment by Marc Fargas — 2009-8-20 @ 12:10 pm

  5. True, it’s broken. But note that the “Remember Currently Running Applications” in gnome-session-properties _does_ work. So, that should be a workaround for ya.

    Comment by Paul van Tilburg — 2009-8-20 @ 12:57 pm

  6. It is unfortunate (or should I say incredibly stupid) that gnome-session dropped the old method of session saving, without having a working new method.

    Comment by ulrik — 2009-8-20 @ 3:20 pm

  7. The bug is what has been pointed out above, in a rewrite of some parts of gnome-session gnome-session-save broke, and works has been done by various distributions to restore it (Gentoo even had a patch that applied the ‘old’ code onto the new as a temporary solution). Note that all functionalities of old gnome-session-save is not there yet in the new code.

    Comment by Xake — 2009-8-21 @ 5:36 am

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