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Re: Lost my window manager

On Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 09:42:14AM -0800, John Jason Jordan wrote:

[snip recap of troubles..]
> Because I have not yet been able to figure out how to make metacity and
> gnome-panel start automatically on booting as they are supposed to,
> plus the additional issues recently discovered, I have decided to wipe
> it out and reinstall. Not all the effort I put into installing it is
> wasted, because a lot of time was spent figuring out how to migrate
> things from Ubuntu. The reinstall should go faster.

Indeed it should, though, if you're in the mood for learning your way
around debian, you could try using aptitude to purge all gnome related
packages and then installing them again. You wouldn't have to do a
complete system reinstall, and since it's likely many of the .debs are
still floating around your cache, it would not require a bunch of
network access. As I starting point, I would look at purging gdm,
metacity, and nautilus. That will likely cause all kinds of things to
be removed, just as a warning. 

But, if you head down this path, remember that it can be time

just .02


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