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In my kde 3.5 session I can't start any kde application (kate, kmail, kwrite, ...). I click on it but it will not start.

If I'll run strace kwrite from console; the very last line will be

 connect(11, {sa_family=AF_FILE, path=@/tmp/fam-username-}, 110^C <unfinished ...>

This system call will not finish if I will not press a Ctrl-C. Some applications are freezed for 3 days already.

I want to save my current session. How can I fix the problem without relogin and reboot?

I'm using Gamin.

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Try searching for and killing an old gam_server process.

See here for more info.

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is it part of gamin? – osgx Feb 9 '12 at 0:14

what are the permissions of /tmp?

In debian I had had it several times that installing a package altered /tmp permission. Maybe the happend to you?

Also the trace mentions "fam" (file alteration monitor) does it run? What does happen if you stop/start (/etc/init.d/fam ?)

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rwxrwxrwt. I hav no root access and no /etc/init.d/fam file – osgx Aug 26 '11 at 17:56

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