GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 678798
gnome shell irresponsive to mouse clicks
Last modified: 2012-12-14 14:20:02 UTC
At random (?) when starting gnome shell, can move the pointer with the mouse but there is no response to mouse clicks of any kind nor to hot corner. As I am not used to work with hotkeys, didn't try to disable extensions to test; just went to the console, /etc/init.d/gdm3 restart and it is solved.
Debian testing updated as per ftp.es.debian.org mirrors at 2012-06-25 17:21:51
Linux kernel 3.2.0-2-amd64
Xorg 22.214.171.1242 (1.12.2 RC 2)
Reproducibility: happened two times in last week; I usually [re]start GNOME about twice a day -> 14% of shell starts.
Just to clarify: Is this about touchscreen or "normal" mouse?
Was there a recent kernel update?
Real mouse, with tail.
Yes, as there is an imminent freeze these days they are a lot of updates in debian testing, frequently involving kernel.
Asked as my touchscreen recently misinterpreted clicks, it both came and went away with kernel updates (though that's the 3.4 kernel).
I wonder if "evtest" can also provide some info here, but maybe I'm wrong.
# dpkg -l linux-image* | grep ii
ii linux-image-3.2.0-2-amd64 3.2.20-1 Linux 3.2 for 64-bit PCs
ii linux-image-amd64 3.2+44 Linux for 64-bit PCs (meta-package)
Created attachment 229339 [details]
Screenshot of irresponsive gnome-shell
I have the same problem as Ernest. Sometimes after starting or restarting (ALT-F2 r) gnome-shell, my desktop appears but is irresponsive to mouse clicks.
I managed to create a screenshot. Notice that my user's name is not displayed on the top right of the screen, and the network indicator shows disconnected state. When gnome-shell starts up properly, my user's name is displayed and network indicator shows connect state.
When gnome-shell is irresponsive I can switch to the console using CTRL+ALT+F1, login as the same user and restart gnome-shell with the following command: killall -9 gnome-shell. Gnome-Shell will restart and everything works fine afterwards.
I have installed Debian Wheezy for a couple of weeks on my personal desktop, personal laptop and business laptop, and the same issue occurs on all three systems.
I have found related information here:
Seems Debian has two different bug tracking systems... The same bug number in bugzilla.debian.org leads to some other bug.
After reading Sander's post, I payed attention a couple of times the issue occured this week and can confirm that the screen state is as he reports: network indicator disconnected, user's name not displayed in the top right corner.
I added more information to the bug report here:
Provided patched version of gnome-shell for testing purposes:
This bug has been fixed in unstable:
Perhaps somebody can update the status of this report
Reading the downstream bug report, it turned out this is another occurrence of bug 679832.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 679832 ***