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I have a Dell laptop running Linux Fedora Core 7 Moonshine. I am running Gnome desktop. I get very strange errors from time to time, of the type: Failed to ...
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    "failed to execute child process" "Input/output error"


    I have a Dell laptop running Linux Fedora Core 7 Moonshine. I am running Gnome desktop. I get very strange errors from time to time, of the type:

    Failed to execute child process: [process-name] Input/output error

    where [process-name] has happened up until now to be:
    * gnome-screensaver - this used to happen a lot after I was booting. It annoyed me so I disabled the screensaver. However, the problem is not solved, read on...
    * gnome-terminal - I try to open a new terminal, and I get the above-mentioned error.

    I also mention that, after this error is displayed, I notice an important degratation is system response time: any GUI interaction is seriously delayed( 1-2 minutes ), and also from the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F1) keyboard input is very slow.

    Any suggestions regarding this behaviour?
    Uname info:
    Linux 2.6.23.17-88.fc7 #1 SMP i686

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    do you get any kind of error/info if you execute gnome-terminal from within a running gnome-terminal?

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