GNOME Flashback issue


The last upgrade of GNOME Flashback Metacity session went fine, but the desktop doesn’t want to start itself. Tested with Lightdm only, as it is the Sparky’s default session manager.

You can fix it in few ways:

Easy way:
Make full system upgrade, then run APTus-> Desktop-> GNOME Flashback to reinstall all the desktop settings.

Manual way:
Create ‘.xinitrc’ file in your home directory and paste the line into the file:
exec /usr/lib/gnome-flashback/gnome-flashback-metacity

Fresh installation:
A fresh Sparky installation via MinimalGUI/CLI iso image (+ Sparky Advanced Installer) provides the fix automatically.

It doesn’t make any change.

Authentication agent issue


Du to issue with ‘policykit-1-gnome’ authentication agent I moved a newer version of the package from Sid to Sparky repos.

Desktop environments which use the agent need to upgrade the package to the newest version and reboot to take effects.

Window managers/Desktop environments available and pre-configured for Sparkers via APTus and MinimalGUI/CLI iso images (awesome, bspwm, Enlightenment, i3, IceWM, JWM, Lumina, Openbox, PekWM, Trinity, WindowMaker) have to be fixed manually.

Easy way:
Make full system upgrade or just upgrade two packages to their newest versions:
– policykit-1-gnome
– sparky-desktop-data (and sparky-aptus)

Then run APTus-> Desktop tab and click/run on a desktop icon (window manager) you have installed and would like to fix. It doesn’t install new packages (upgrade only), but re-install user’s startup packages to correct the agent exec patch. Then reboot.

Manual way:
Make full system upgrade or just the ‘policykit-1-gnome’ and replace the agent exec path in your window manager startup config file from:
Then reboot to take effects.


Firefox issue


I just moved the latest Firefox 48.0-2 to Sparky repos.

Unfortunately it makes an issue with opening some web pages, such as: Facebook, Google+, etc.
and is reported already:

To fix the problem, upgrade the ‘libnss3’ package to version 3.26-1 from ‘Sid’ repos.


Theme changing problem

Changing the default theme on Sparky LXDE, Ultra and Razor-Qt can make a problem.
To do that I used to use Lxappearance.
It saves new settings in 3 files:

If Lxappearance changes the first two files well, it does not change the last one “desktop.conf”.
So edit the “desktop.conf” file with a text editor and change the line from:


and save the file.