the menu has disapeard

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at
Fri Jan 22 22:28:55 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On 01/22/2010 12:44 PM, Johnneylee Rollins wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM, jesse stephen
>> <jesseakstephen at> wrote:
>>> the menu at the top of my srean has disopeard that list places system
>>> and all that. I'm running ubuntu 9.10
>> gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel
>> rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
>> pkill gnome-panel
>> run those commands, they may need root privileges for one or two. That
>> should reset you back to default. If you don't see anything change do
>> this command
>> sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
> That's a bit drastic don't you think? Have you done that on your own
> system today before recommending? Please do & tell us the results.
The results is a default set of panels.
> First of all you/we have no idea what he may have done to remove the
> panel to begin with. Second, using Tab's suggestion will most likely fix
> the issue. The Applications|Places|System menu can easily be added to
> the new top panel (if the panel doesn't restore properly) by:
> right-click the new top panel, 'Add to Panel'|Main Menu.
What does it matter what he did to remove the panel?
If he has a bottom one, he can remove the directory and it will be
created again.
Maybe you should work on getting away from the desktop and work more
in the command line... hmm...
> Please don't recommend rm'ing anything (particularly to a potential new
> user) without first checking to see if it is something that may be
> simple first. Further, 'killall gnome-panel' would have been my
> suggested method to restart the gnome-panel(s). See: man killall
I don't see why the rm'ing of that command would do anything hurtful
as it generates it again...

I have done the exact same set of commands. Maybe you should read it
clearly and notice it removes some config files in the user's home
directory. Even running sudo with that rm will only remove his own
files, which I have said are regenerated...
Maybe you should read a bit more and not jump on any rm command.

Tab's command is fine if you want to work on getting it reconfigured
manually. I'm not a fan of manually doing something that can be fixed

As per rm'ing in general. It's permanently deleting files.
you can also do this set of commands instead.

gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel
cp -r ~/.gconf/apps/panel ~/.gconf/apps/panel.backup
killall gnome-panel

Thanks for the killall tip. I messed that one up a bit, but not badly.


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