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    Gnome Shell Broken

    I was previously using Gnome Shell 3.8 from the gnome3 repository but I wanted to go back to 3.6 so I removed the repository and reinstalled gnome-shell but when logged in it doesn't display any panel or launcher or anything, just desktop pattern. I've completely reinstalled the system and kept my /home partition but still the same problem, so I'm assuming I need to delete a config folder to get it working again. I've tried deleting ~/.gnome but still no joy. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    I see a gnome session folder in .config, but it is empty on my installation and appears to be for saved sessions. Not having used a separate home partition I am not sure what is saved from the previous installation, is it home folders and hidden only or are there folders from the root file system as well ?
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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    My root filesystem is completely fresh, and I've also tried installing the system with a new /home - in which case it works fine. So I'm 100% sure that something in my original /home is causing the problems, if I could just find out what to remove I would be fine. If nobody knows then I suppose I'll have to use a new /home and manually copy the folders over one by one, but I'd rather avoid that if possible because I have a not of stuff!

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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    I'd guess the problem resides in some hidden config file, the question is which one? Did you start with a standard Ubuntu install then added gnome-shell? Have you tried removing gnome-shell then rebooting? After the restart reinstall gnome-shell.

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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    Yes I did originally add gnome-shell to the standard unity system and then I upgraded it to 3.8 from the gnome3 repository so it's all a bit of a mess really. I have tried removing it, rebooting, reinstalling several times but unfortunately the installation doesn't overwrite any existing config files in /home so the problems persist whatever I do. Anyway, I'm now moving my old /home to make room for a new one and then I'll gradually copy stuff over so by process of elimination I should eventually find out which folder was breaking it. The partition move is taking 7.5 hours on my 2Tb drive! Should have done it overnight bah!

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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    I just gave 3.8 a try again and after using the ppa purge I found zenity, nautilus and a number packages were still 3.7 or 3.8 and I have been sorting it out for an hour or so with synaptic . You may have used a different ppa, but check you package versions.
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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    What I did in the end was a complete Ubuntu reinstall (minimal) with a fresh /home as well, then installed lightdm and gnome-shell as usual. Lo and behold, I got the same thing as before - desktop wallpaper + mouse cursor and nothing else, no panel and no launcher. I wasn't expecting this with a fresh install. So I checked .xsession-errors and noticed that it was complaining about gnome-screensaver missing, so I installed that and it fixed the problem finally.

    I have no idea whether this was the same problem I had originally with the old /home partition, it may have been something completely different, but hopefully this may help somebody reading this in future.

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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    Quote Originally Posted by jim_deadlock View Post
    What I did in the end was a complete Ubuntu reinstall (minimal) with a fresh /home as well, then installed lightdm and gnome-shell as usual.
    Something is odd in your recollection here though because clearly lightdm is already included in a normal Ubuntu install?

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    Re: Gnome Shell Broken

    No, it's not included in minimal install: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...tion/MinimalCD

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