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I've just discovered Tomboy and like it. I added it to the startup applications, and on next boot Tomboy won't start. It then also won't start when I select it manually from the menu.

  • I unchecked its entry in the startup applications and rebooted, but it still won't start.
  • I uninstalled it and installed it again in order to perhaps fix some broken file or setting, but it didn't help.
  • I saw this question and added the Applet. But the applet says "Tomboy Notes" has quit unexpectedly and a reload doesn't work; the message appears again.
  • starting it from terminal gives this error report.
  • When I enter ls the note file, I get -rw-r--r-- 1 torben torben 0 2011-02-17 09:09 /home/torben/.local/share/tomboy/f3370271-6210-4b78-8b4a-c31cc2af6935.note

How can I fix what's wrong?

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Try starting tomboy from a terminal (e.g., gnome-terminal, or xterm). See if any interesting errors pop up. Tomboy relies on mono, so if there are failures in mono, you'll have issues with tomboy as well. – belacqua Feb 19 '11 at 7:34
What a great and simple idea! I've added the result above. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Feb 19 '11 at 7:38
What does ls -l /home/torben/.local/share/tomboy/f3370271-6210-4b78-8b4a-c31cc2af6935.note show? – user unknown Feb 19 '11 at 7:50
Looks like it might be blowing up on accessing the directory or the file, so an ls is a good place to start . – belacqua Feb 19 '11 at 7:52
Thanks! ls result posted in the question. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Feb 19 '11 at 8:59
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It appears that note is corrupted, try moving it:

mv /home/torben/.local/share/tomboy/f3370271-6210-4b78-8b4a-c31cc2af6935.note ~/Desktop

and then start Tomboy again.

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Yep, that worked! I moved all notes to the desktop and then Tomboy could start. I quit it and moved one note back, then started Tomboy again. Quit, repeat. Only one note is broken - and that's the only one I have!! The other 3 are the built-in samples. Is there no way to recover that note?? It's my Ubuntu installation diary.... ironic, isn't it! – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Feb 19 '11 at 19:00
I tried to open the note in gedit; it said Unexpected error: Error opening file: Input/output error ... – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Feb 19 '11 at 19:01
@torbengb The gedit error is consistent with the note being corrupted, unfortunately. My notes get corrupted fairly often -- probably worth making regular backups. – Amanda May 10 '11 at 16:22
Thanks. I stopped using Tomboy after that early crash. I'm now only using (n-)Evernote. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun May 10 '11 at 19:47

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