GPGServices #218: Can't allocate a new block for a pasteboard. Creation of a new Pasteboard will fail. Happens when using "Clipboard History" chrome extension (was: Nothing happens after choosing Service OpenPGP: Encrypt)

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22 Mar, 2015 09:58 PM

GPG Keychain and/or GPGServices 2.5b6

When I select a file or highlight text and right click to select services then choose "OpenPGP: Encrypt" nothing happens

I expected a dialog asking which key to use to encrypt.

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  1. 31 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 11 Jun, 2015 09:46 PM

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    This is the console error message: 6/11/15 5:31:44.960 PM Google Chrome[17121]: Can't allocate a new block for a pasteboard. Creation of a new Pasteboard will fail.

  2. 32 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 11 Jun, 2015 09:54 PM

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    Progress: If Chrome is not opened, GPGServices works as expected.

  3. Support Staff 33 Posted by Steve on 11 Jun, 2015 09:55 PM

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    Keith I have never used retroshare so far. When in doubt I'd just go with your GPG Keychain openPGP key.

    At least the wikipedia article does not mention OpenPGP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RetroShare

    But let's not take this discussion here off topic. :)

  4. 34 Posted by kacomess on 11 Jun, 2015 10:06 PM

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    Ok, thanks!

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  5. 35 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 11 Jun, 2015 10:11 PM

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    I enabled Chrome extensions one at a time and then all at once and the problem does not result from simply having the extensions enabled. I'll see if I notice that a particular action leads to the console error message. I suggest others with this issue do the same.

  6. Support Staff 36 Posted by Luke Le on 12 Jun, 2015 12:31 PM

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    Hi Andrew,

    thank you very much for checking. The extension in question might be using the clipboard heavily, so any sharing related extension I think.
    Would you mind posting a list of your extensions here or send them to us at team (at) gpgtools.org?

    That would be great!

  7. 37 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 12 Jun, 2015 06:01 PM

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    1Password, Adblock Plus, Clipboard History, Deprecated, Evernote Web Clipper, Google Application Launcher for Drive, Google Dictionary, Google Mail Checker, Weatherbug

  8. Support Staff 38 Posted by Luke Le on 12 Jun, 2015 06:08 PM

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    Thank you very much!
    My bet is on Clipboard History or Evernote Web Clipper.
    We'll have a look if similar errors were reported in regards to these extensions.

  9. Support Staff 39 Posted by Luke Le on 12 Jun, 2015 06:10 PM

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    Seems to be a known bug on Chromium site:
    https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=467296

  10. 40 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 12 Jun, 2015 06:24 PM

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    Just noticed I had a slew of "can't allocate" messages in Console last night for about an hour--several per second. I was using Clipboard History last night, but not only during that time. Can't figure out what was different about that hour.

  11. 41 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 12 Jun, 2015 06:33 PM

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    The GPG Services were deactivated. Restarting Chrome did not solve problem. Nor did disabling Clipboard History. Restarting computer worked. Next time I will try deactivating the extension before I restart Chrome.

  12. 42 Posted by kacomess on 12 Jun, 2015 06:41 PM

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    Also using Privacy Badger, Fhostery, Disconnect, https Everywhere, Click and Clean.

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  13. 43 Posted by Andrew Herrmann on 12 Jun, 2015 08:35 PM

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    I was just getting the error message twice a second without actively using Clipboard History or taking any action at all. it's possible that simply copying anything while the Clipboard History extension is enabled triggers some kind of repeated automatic action. At least under some circumstances.

    I then disabled Clipboard History and restarted Chrome and the string of "can't allocate a new block" error messages stopped. However, as soon as I copied some text, (with Clipboard History disabled) the message returned, but only for a few seconds.

    Next, I attempted to use GPG Services and got no response, and the "can't allocate" error message appeared one time.

    I copied some more text and the error message did NOT appear. However, GPG Services still did not respond, and attempting to use it generated three iterations of the error message

    It appears that once the problem has been triggered it is necessary to restart the computer. After restarting (with Clipboard History disabled), I am able to use GPG Services and copy and paste text with no error message.

  14. Steve closed this discussion on 07 Jan, 2016 05:55 PM.

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