Cannot start many apps in Ubuntu
I have a (Dell) laptop that I use occasionally (once a week or so). Today I find that some applications will not start from the unity launcher. When I click the relevant icon, they glow for a short while and then the glow ceases but the application does not appear. Applications that exhibit this behaviour include the terminal and display app.
Odder still, when I start Netbeans (which does start from unity), the font in that app has changed to something fairly basic.
In order to troubleshoot, I started xterm (via alt-f2). From that I can start gnome-terminal as root but if I start as my normal user I get a Segmentation fault (core dumped) error (which probably explains why it won't work from the unity launcher).
Some apps along the top bar appear to have failed in the same way. I see my Dropbox icon but not the battery charger icon.
In researching this I found a possible problem installing gimp (I installed 2.8 last time I used the laptop), which seemed to introduce font issues. I have removed gimp completely (I think) but the problem remains. Creating a new user has not helped - I cannot even log in that way (after login I get the Ubuntu background with no icons at all).
Does anyone have any ideas? I have a fully updated x64 12.10 install.
Last edited by daveysan; December 18th, 2012 at 09:57 AM.
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