Windowmaker killed GNOME (help!)

Eamonn Sullivan eamonn.sullivan at
Sat Oct 15 22:49:03 UTC 2005

On 15/10/05, Scott <angrykeyboarder at> wrote:
> Actually, my dinkin' around in Windowmaker, probably killed GNOME.
>  I was toying around in Windowmaker last night and noticed one of the
> menus was "Window Managers", so I checked it out and noticed that
> Metacity was there, which I found odd.
>  So I clicked on it and suddenly my GNOME desktop appears (sans
> gnome-panel) and I find I can't undo it, so I ctrl+alt+backspace which
> leaves me at the shell (sometimes it restarts X, I can never figure out
> it's logic...).
>  Then I tried "start x" which got me nowhere, so I rebooted.
>  When GNOME started I got the splash screen, followed by the desktop
> background and then the panels started to appear, but they didn't get
> very far and "retreated". Then they tried again with the same result.
> They tried several more times and finally gave up, leaving me with a
> completely blank desktop and no right-click menu.
>  Any idea how I can fix this other than reinstalling GNOME? I'm sure
> there is some configuration file somewhere that I could tweak/correct.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop


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