Tag Archives: gnome

Thunar not showing thumbnails

I’ve tried a lot. Had thunar-thumbnailers installed, run that thumbnailer update program. I even set world-readable (and writable) permissions on a lot of things.

What I didn’t do, though, is run gconf-daemon, since I’m using neither gnome nor xfce4, or any other environment, for that matter.

In the end, I switched to PCManFM instead.


Default Firefox UI font too big (using awesome)

As said here, to change the default font of GTK+ applications, edit .gtkrc-2.0 in your home directory and add

gtk-font-name="sans-serif 8"

This was somehow automatically tweaked in Xfce. Some of the options are tweaked by setting values in ~/.config/xfce4/Xft.xrdb, but that’s not it: these values set the same stuff as Xorg’s /usr/local/etc/fonts/local.conf (or default.conf).

Anyway, I think it’s better to use the “native” configuration files and not some differently-formatted override. It’s always a drag when you define some values in one place and then find out they take no effect, because they’re being overriden elsewhere.

Besides, the original configuration files will (by definition) always support all available options, whereas window-manager-specific configuration might not.

Another reason why awesome is more awesome for me than Gnome or even Xfce.

FreeBSD and Gnome: setting locale to UTF-8

There’s a good manual among the first results of Google. Read it thoroughly and don’t skip anything.

For example,

ls -d /usr/share/locale/*.UTF-8

lists locales available on your system. Mine somehow didn’t have en_US.UTF-8, which I was trying to set.

As for the gnome part, locale support is currently somewhat broken(TM), as stated in


This, by the way, is also the file to edit to set your locale. It didn’t work for me, though, so I just set it in /etc/profile, as suggested in the manual.

Note that this adds locale support, and you can create new files with Unicode symbols in their names. But it doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to read files with the “Windows Unicode” encoding.

(Yes, that was the punchline.)

Gnome “Places” menu opens Konqueror instead of Nautilus

Basically, this is an issue with Konqueror, not Nautilus or Gnome. To fix it, add these (illegal) MIME types to ~/.local/share/applications/defaults.list:



(Edit: if you came from Google about the gnomebreakpad: the latter is a part of Gnome’s bug-buddy, “a graphical bug reporting utility for GNOME“. In most cases, you can just ignore it.)

I’ve been trying to run the pre-compiled RSSOwl2 M8. All I get is error code 13 from the Java Virtual Machine. (It happens prior to the splash screen showing up.)

I have found out here it is quite a generic error.

The console messages are as follows:

Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "gnomebreakpad": libgnomebreakpad.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Sun Apr 20 19:32:39 EEST 2008 - [main] Bundle tracker is not set
Sun Apr 20 19:32:39 EEST 2008 - [main] Bundle tracker is not set

I didn’t find where JDK stores its log, nor will I be trying to.

Trying to run pre-compiled Eclipse 3.3.2 (or I forgot) gave the same error, except for the Bundle tracker part. Possibly, installing the eclipse-devel port will fix the problem.

Edit (2008-05-26): it did. By the way, I compiled eclipse-devel from source. Then I just installed RSSOwl 2, as described on their page.