Ubuntu-desktop defaults

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Thu May 31 09:36:11 UTC 2007

On Thu, 31 May 2007 05:58:43 -0300
Phil Pinkerton <pcpinkerton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is it possible to/ re-create /or reset the Ubuntu-desktop to the original default 
> settings via the command line ?
> Can you explain how ?

In GNOME, hit alt+F2  , then type 

gnome-terminal    <-- to get a terminal

Check first in that terminal whether gnome-panel is already running,
but hiding, with either

  pgrep gnome-panel                    <-- should return a number


ps aux | grep gnome-panel             <-- should return a mess of
gnome-specific stuff that no-one but developers can understand ;-)

( AFAICS  ;-) )

*If*  neither (1) nor (2) return anything, run command (3) below and see
what happens.

gnome-panel &  <-- hopefully this will start your panel...

if the panel
already has a process number though (1 & 2 above), running "gnome-panel &"
might produce a fit of errors like " I've detected another panel
running and will now exit" This used to happen in earlier Ubuntu versions
sometimes on log-in .... I haven't seen it since about Dapper,  IIRC .

If you *do* get output from (1) or (2), then try running 

killall gnome-panel

In theory that should make the panel re-spawn.

Let us know how it goes...  If this succeeds, you will want to save your
session in "System -> Preferences -> Sessions" to make the panel reappear
on next login.


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