[Bug 78500] Re: gnome-control-center wipes out /home/user

Bernat Tallaferro bernat.tallaferro at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 22:29:52 UTC 2007

The same thing happened to me yesterday. After doing the following
steps, my home folder was wiped clean. On my system this is
reproduceable every time:

1) Start gnome-control-center (System>Control Centre)

2) Right-click on an icon -it doesn't matter which one, you can choose
"SCIM Input Method Setup", for example. On the context menu, select
"Remove from Startup Programs".

3) After you've done that, you'll see that you cannot start any new
graphical applications -i.e. for example, if you start a new terminal,
it won't come up.

4) Logout as usual by pressing the button on the top right corner of the
gnome panel. You'll notice the "Restart" and "Shut Down" buttons are
missing. Choose  "Logout".

5) Log back in and realize in despair that your /home/folder has been
wiped clean and you're back to the ubuntu defaults. Bash history,
evolution mail, tomboy notes, etc.... all gone.

Regarding my system, it is an x86 (P2), which I've been continuously
upgrading (Breezy->Dapper->Edgy->Feisty) since I first started with
ubuntu. The way I did the upgrade from Edgy to Feisty was by using the
'update-manager'. Afterwards, I've always kept my system up to date with
either upgrading from synaptic or by 'sudo aptitude update && sudo
aptitude dist-upgrade'. The currently installed version of gnome-
control-center is 1:2.17.90-0ubuntu1.

Let me know if you require more information, but as I said, at least on
my system, this is reproduceable every time.

gnome-control-center wipes out /home/user

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