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Diagnosing system trouble (was Re: missing gnome menu items)

On Sat, Sep 03, 2005 at 11:48:26PM -0700, Seeker5528 wrote:
> On Sat, 03 Sep 2005 13:20:17 -0400
> Angelo Bertolli <angelo@freeshell.org> wrote:
> > Thanks, I tried it out, but it still didn't seem to correct the 
> > problem.  I am still missing gnome sessions and screensaver settings.
> Usually the next steps I would take would be to check the file system
> for errors. I keep a copy of System Rescue CD around for these kinds of
> things:
> http://www.sysresccd.org/
> : check the man page for the fsck that is appropriate for your file
> system fsck.ext2, fsck.ext3, reiserfsck, etc...:
> man fsck.ext3
> : shows you need the -f switch to force the disk to be checked even
> if it is marked clean. After checking the disk the next thing would be
> to install/reinstall packages that seem like they might be relavant, in
> this case doing:
> apt-get install --reinstall gnome-session xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl
> gnome-control-center
> If you are running sarge or etch then add capplets and capplets-data to
> that list. If you are running sid add capplets-data and gnome-menus to
> the list.
Wouldn't all that be a last resort?

Check bug reports against packages, quite often there is an answer in a
bug followup. If you just reinstall you will just be reinstalling the

Check appropriate ML archives.

I don't even run gnome or sid but I know there are a couple of
transitions in sid relating to gnome and C++.

I would guess that upgrading sid blindly at this stage is asking for

Reproduction if desired may be handled locally. -- rfc3

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