Re: Lost window manager and gnome-panel
On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 01:14:23PM -0800, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:50:52 -0800
> John Jason Jordan <email@example.com> dijo:
> > On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:53:56 -0500
> > Tony Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org> dijo:
> > > On 09-11-23 13:31:14, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> > > ...
> > > > 1) How can I fix Gnome? What part of the configuration starts
> > > > metacity and gnome-panel when the user logs in? Note that I'll have
> > > > to do this manually from XFCE, because I can't even get a terminal
> > > > running in Gnome.
> > >
> > > Try creating a new user. If that user works properly in Gnome, it's
> > > probably a user-specific config file, usually in a .gnome*/ directory,
> > > and diff'ing the files may help (I suggest meld, but I use vimdiff
> > > nowadays).
> > Now, why didn't I think of that!
> > Turns out that this was an excellent suggestion. I created a new user
> > (using XFCE4), then logged out and back in as the new user. When my new
> > user logged in I deliberately selected Gnome. And my new user got a
> > default Gnome desktop, complete with window manager and gnome-panel.
> > So now we know that the problem is something in my configuration.
> > The only thing I can think of is that Nautilus has a bug where clicking
> > on Preferences crashes it, so I used gconf-editor to change the way
> > Nautilus works. I could go back and set Nautilus to defaults (I think
> > there is an option somewhere for that), but I Gnome is not usable at
> > the moment unless I log in as my new user.
> Turns out that I can edit my configurations from an XFCE4 session as
> long as I log in as myself. I changed only one thing - so Nautilus
> would display the desktop. Then I logged out and back in again to Gnome
> as myself. Still no metacity or gnome-panel, but at least now I could
> create a launcher to start a terminal. I opened a terminal and started
> metacity and gnome-panel, and now things look as they did before.
> The problem is that if I log out and back in to Gnome again (or reboot
> and log in to Gnome again) I will have to use the launcher to open a
> terminal and start metacity and gnome-panel manually.
In most window managers that I've used, Alt-F2 will open a "run" dialog
box. Type into that "gnome-terminal".
Also, you can delete your .gnome* and .gconf* directories and they will
be re-created when you log in. Although I would recommend moving them
rather than deleting them:
mv .gconf .gconf.bak (for example)