Get rid of old Gnome Desktop Settings?

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Jul 9 15:27:37 UTC 2008

On 07/09/2008 08:03 AM, Tim Tipton wrote:
> Hey all,
> I recently screwed up my gnome settings, I don’t know exactly how I did it – 
> but the only thing that will come up when I boot into a gnome session is the 
> background wall paper – no right clicking, no panels, no icons… alt-f2 doesn’t 
> do anything either… So I logged out and log in with either xfce or kde and 
> everything works there like it should… that was on gutsy…
> Last night, I found a fix for the networking problem that my nvidia Ethernet 
> interface card has with Hardy, so I took the plunge and updated, but (I’m 
> assuming since I have /home on a separate partition) the same thing happens 
> when I log into hardy – all I get is the old background wallpaper I had in 
> gutsy and nothing else – my question is, is there a way to delete 
> the .gnome .gnome2 or anything else that will basically reset my gnome desktop 
> environment to factory in Hardy?  I was thinkgin I could backup all my /home 
> and then just create a new user overwriting the /home partition and starting 
> fresh – but that’s about 200 gig of stuff and I am hoping there’s an easier 
> way.
> Thank you for any and all help you can provide!
> Tim


But also read all the comments... & backup your evolution settings if
you use evo. I've also found that it is better to rename vs remove the
suggested folders; just change .gnome to x-.gnome-x etc. (mv .gnome
x-.gnome-x) That way if you do need to go back and get something from
the folder it will be there.

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