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After one or two times I use Gnome Do, it stops working. Yet it does not give out an error message. I currently have it configured to pop up when with then Super + Space key combination. I have to constantly go to the menu and activate it again.

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Are you running gnome-do from the terminal? There might be some clue as to what's happening if you exit gnome-do, then start it again in the terminal. At your name prompt, just type gnome-do and keep the terminal up and see what output it spits out. –  gamerchick02 Sep 23 '10 at 14:33
    
great idea. I'll try it later. –  lamcro Sep 23 '10 at 14:36
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gnome-do crashes for me quite frequently too. Sometimes it just lags out but I just Alt+F2 and load it up again. If it's lagging this won't do anything but otherwise it should pop up. –  Oli Sep 23 '10 at 14:37
    
I got the same problem too, sometimes the pop-up appear but doesnt do nothing when i write the query strings; This problem only happen on my notebook with ubuntu 64bit –  Strae Sep 23 '10 at 14:59
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if you run it from CLI gnome-do --debug will give the traces, that will should give more insight into the problem. –  Decio Lira Sep 23 '10 at 17:20

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If you don't like the idea of running Gnome-do from the terminal, one way to figure out what is happening is to start it as gnome-do > ~/.dolog.txt and read that file when do crashes. What this does it divert the output of gnome-do (read the debugging information) to the file dolog.txt. This file will be found in your home directory, as in /home/username/dolog.txt

You may file a bug against gnome-do with that file on Launchpad to help fix it.

I am also having some problems with gnome-do crashing that way as well, and maybe with all of our inputs, the devs will be able to solve them.

As far as your other problem, which is restarting gnome-do once it crashes, you can always try this workaround that I found quite helpful: Assign a shortcut key to restarting gnome-do, such as Ctrl+Shift+Space and use that instead to relaunch it.

An easy way would be to launch gconf-editor

then navigate to apps->metacity->global_keybindings and assign the value <Control><Shift><Space> to run_command_1

and then go to apps->metacity->keybinding_commands and type exec gnome-do > ~/dolog.txt as the value of command_1

Now when gnome-do crashes, you will have an easy way to restart it (Ctrl+Shift+Space) instead of going into the menu again... And since that shortcut is so close to the original shortcut for summoning gnome-do in the first place, it has the added advantage of being easy to remember!

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I second filing a bug with the gnome-do on Launchpad. –  gamerchick02 Sep 23 '10 at 20:39
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I guess they already have one related to that: "Do Crashing too much" bugs.launchpad.net/do/+bug/39433710 –  Decio Lira Sep 24 '10 at 17:35

I had the same problem, and after running the

gnome-do > ./dolog.txt

suggested by Tiede, I got the following error

=================================================================
Got a SIGABRT while executing native code. This usually indicates
a fatal error in the mono runtime or one of the native libraries 
used by your application.
=================================================================

googling 'SIGABRT gnome-do mono' gives some background, and reinstalling mono seems to be the key. The following worked for me:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall mono-2.0-gac mono-gac mono-runtime
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That should be sudo apt-get .... –  Matthew Crumley Sep 24 '10 at 17:45
    
Thanks for pointing that out Matthew, I made the change in my comment –  David Sep 24 '10 at 19:57

If you've just upgraded to a new version of Ubuntu, and you're now having problems with Gnome-Do in dock mode, from personal experience I'd suggest reinstalling Do. I had major compatibility problems with it immediately after upgrading to Karmic, and a reinstall fixed the problem.

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