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Bug 88082 - gnome-dictionary annoyance: window opens for no reason
Summary: gnome-dictionary annoyance: window opens for no reason
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gnome-applets
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Mark McLoughlin
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-05 08:39 UTC by J.B. Nicholson-Owens
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-07-19 09:40:23 UTC

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Description J.B. Nicholson-Owens 2003-04-05 08:39:17 UTC
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Description of problem:
I have the gnome dictionary installed in my GNOME panel so I can type in a word
and look it up.  When I login there is an empty gnome-dictionary window opened
by this applet (as if I were trying to look up "", the empty string).

This did not happen in RH8.0 and I don't understand what the point of the empty
dictionary window is.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Due to another bug I can't retreive the version of the gnome-dictionary applet.
 It is the version that comes with RH9.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Put gnome-dictionary on your GNOME panel.
2.Log out and save the settings for GNOME.
3.Log back in.

Actual Results:  A definition window is opened when I log in.

Expected Results:  The applet on the panel should load but not open a window for
showing me the definition of a word until I type in a word to define.

Additional info:

gnome-dictionary installed itself on my GNOME panel to run as "gnome-dictionary
-a".  The -a is undocumented so I don't know what it means and I did not modify
the option in any way.

Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2003-04-05 16:29:19 UTC
Do you have a gnome-dictionary saved in your session? 
(Look in gnome-session-properties or in the file ~/.gnome2/session)

Comment 2 J.B. Nicholson-Owens 2003-04-07 04:18:48 UTC
I do have a gnome-dictionary saved in my session (as instructed, I looked in the
file ~/.gnome2/session and found some dictionary entries:

$ grep -i gnome-dictionary ~/.gnome2/session
2,CloneCommand=gnome-dictionary --sm-config-prefix /gnome-dictionary-cSP2q3/
2,RestartCommand=gnome-dictionary --sm-config-prefix /gnome-dictionary-cSP2q3/
--sm-client-id 117f000001000104968748300000029060000 --screen 0

I lose the dictionary entries in that file when I remove the dictionary lookup
input area+lookup button from my GNOME panel.

Also I have no idea what to do with this file to make the dictionary window stop
coming up when I log in.  I'm also at a loss for documentation that explains the
behavior I'm seeing.  And finally, I don't understand why I did not see this
behavior when I did the same thing under RH8.0 (adding the GNOME dictionary
prompter to my panel did not prompt me when I logged in).

Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2003-04-07 05:34:06 UTC
It looks like it might be

The reason it wasn't in 8.0 and isn't in the docs is that it isn't intentional 

There was a fix for applets connecting to the session manager added to 9
(the problem with applets connecting was introduced by a bonobo-activation 
change also in 9), but gnome-dictionary may work differently from the 
other applets since it has the small application associated with it
so perhaps it didn't get fixed.

Comment 4 J.B. Nicholson-Owens 2003-04-07 11:38:28 UTC
Thanks for clearing that up for me.  I checked out the GNOME Bugzilla and that
is indeed the same problem.  Thanks for pointing me to that entry.  I'll leave
it to someone who knows more than I do how to close this bug and make it a
duplicate of a bug on another Bugzilla.

Comment 5 Mark McLoughlin 2004-07-19 09:40:23 UTC
Okay, sounds like this is fixed in Fedora Core 1/2. Please re-open if not.

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