the menu has disapeard

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at
Fri Jan 22 22:30:42 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Johnneylee Rollins
<johnneylee.rollins at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:28 PM, Johnneylee Rollins
> <johnneylee.rollins at> wrote:
>> 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
>> quickly.
>> 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
>> mv -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.
>> ~SpaceGhost
> Sorry about that. I meant mv not cp.
> ~SpaceGhost
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