Upgrade issues

Paul Smith paul at mad-scientist.net
Fri May 30 21:24:07 UTC 2014

On Fri, 2014-05-30 at 12:25 -0700, Dale Amon wrote:
> Oh, and when I switch desktops, only one screen changes. These
> massively decreases the space I have available for windows. Even
> with the four desktops and two screens I typically have all of
> them completely filled and the lower tool bar half full and
> up to over filled.

In my experience the upgrade from one version of Gnome to another is not
always so smooth.  That is, the upgrade of the _operating system_ works
fine and dandy, but the configuration files and configuration in your
user directory from an older version of Gnome don't always upgrade
smoothly to the newer version of Gnome and cause user / desktop issues.
It's more pronounced the more Gnome versions you skip when you upgrade.

That sounds like the kind of thing that happened to you.  If you wanted
to test this you could just create a temporary user account and log in
as that account, and see if the UI issues are still there or not.

What I like to do when I upgrade between major versions is create a
brand new user directory, and simply move files I want to continue to
use from the old user home directory to the new one (music, pictures,
documents, etc.)  I also keep all my "work" files (code, etc.) outside
of my home directory in another directory (still in the /home partition)
so that I don't need to mess with moving that.

There are probably tools or instructions you can find for cleaning out
all the Gnome cruft from the previous versions in your home directory:
if you do that then log back in Gnome will recreate "pristine" copies.

Of course you lose your customizations but I typically only have a few
and they're easily reinstated.  YMMV.

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