Subject: gconf permission problems after mass pkg upgrade
To: None <>
From: Steve Bellovin <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/28/2004 17:07:08
After upgrading a machine to -current (1.6ZK, of 21 March), I
decided to use pkg_comp to rebuild all of my packages from scratch.
Apart from having to file a few PRs, it went pretty well.  However,
Galeon didn't work properly.  When I invoke it, there were no
control panels -- no menus, no icon controls, no smart bookmarks,
nothing except the tab for the open window.

I eventually figured out that the problem was gconf:  the permissions
were set up improperly.  Virtually nothing was readable except by
root.  I don't know why this happened, so I'm not filing a PR, but
someone who understands more of such things may want to check it

(Btw -- I really appreciate pkg_comp -- it was nice to fight all
the rebuild battles in a sandbox, rather than having to delete all
of my applications while it was running.  One suggestion:  it would
be nice to have a mode where it used the current /bin, /usr/bin,
etc., rather than needing the disk space for the binary/sets files.)

		--Steve Bellovin,