Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jul 2009 10:17 UTC
Xfce While we regularly discuss Ubuntu, and to a lesser degree Kubuntu, there's also a version of Ubuntu tailor-made for the Xfce desktop environment. As most of you are aware, it's called Xubuntu, and after trying it out for the first time, I have to say that I find that it provides a better and more coherent experience than Ubuntu (let alone Kubuntu).
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RE[2]: It's very cool but...
by yahya on Sat 18th Jul 2009 07:51 UTC in reply to "RE: It's very cool but..."
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"... it has problems with one thing I need everytime: access to smb:// network shares. You have to install one or two programs or mount all the damn shares, and when you try to mount them sometimes it gave me an wierd "segmentation fault (core dumped)" error.

Besides this minor problem it's a very very cool DE.


Sounds like the avahi daemon isn't started, this happened to a buddy of mine recently and it took us forever to diagnose it.

What does the Avahi daemon have to do with that?

The problem is that, at least when I last tried it, XFCE did not have anything similar to gvfs or kio, which would allow the user to access remote storages without root privileges.

Actually, I feel that gvfs is the best such solution currently available (apart from the "translator" concept of The Hurd, which unfortunately will forever remain pre-alpha software), as it even allows applications without gvfs support to access smb shares, webdav storages, ftp servers etc, through its use of FUSE (if correctly configured, gvfs file systems are mounted through FUSE under ~/.gvfs, so that you can access them with any app, you can even cd ~/.gvfs and you will have the full might of the shell available)

I last tried XFCE a year back or so and at least by that time, I did not see any equivalent to gvfs there. Has this changed in the meantime?

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RE[3]: It's very cool but...
by darknexus on Sat 18th Jul 2009 13:29 in reply to "RE[2]: It's very cool but..."
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What does the Avahi daemon have to do with that?

Well, it should have absolutely nothing to do with it, but there are issues with some Samba versions where, if the avahi daemon is not running, they will randomly segfault when attempting to mount a remote folder or to share a folder itself. It's an internal assumption that avahi is running and, when it's not, certain memory access can go out of bounds. It's been fixed, but I'm not sure if *buntu has the fixed versions.
As for gvfs, I'm not sure. I don't use Xfce, but gvfs or the lack there of would not have caused the segfaults the OP described.

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