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Aug 17, 2010

I had installed Debian lenny just two dys back. i am using gnome-desktop. When using apt-get i tried apt-get autoremove and the result was that so many packages were removed for eg. nautilus, gnome-games, gnome-background etc. Then i tried to stop the process in between and installed the packages again (with apt-get install). Now after rebooting i am getting only the desktop without any icons and no commands are working. I can still go to single user mode. How can i get my desktop with all functions.

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Updated less-436-6.fc13.i686
Update 436-8.fc13.i686
Updated mingetty-1.08-4.fc12.i686
Update 1.08-6.fc13.i686

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I tested just now with setting the screensaver and power management display blanking to 1 minutes. After a minute the screen went blank (backlight on), and then after a second or two black (backlight off), and moving the mouse returned to Gnome as it should. So I don't know why sometimes it doesn't. Two questions:

1- Which program can I run, or which service can I restart, to return to Gnome without having to kill gdm and lose all open windows?

2- What's causing this?

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# apt-get autoremove
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
bluez-gnome libsdl1.2debian libsdl1.2debian-alsa libepc-ui-1.0-1 python-gst0.10 libmtp7 gcalctool libpth20 gnome-nettool libepc-1.0-1 libgtk-vnc-1.0-0 libgksu1.2-0
python-notify aspell pkg-config libgda3-common python-gnome2-extras gucharmap libgksuui1.0-1 libosp5 evolution-exchange libspectre1 gnome-network-admin libsvga1
gnome-power-manager unzip gnome-cards-data totem-plugins gnome-screensaver rhythmbox w3c-dtd-xhtml python-gdata gedit liblircclient0 python-gtksourceview2 gtk2-engines-pixbuf
system-config-printer libpt-1.10.10-plugins-alsa gnome-themes seahorse libggzmod4 mysql-common totem-common vinagre swfdec-gnome libpt-1.10.10 libgpod3 libgadu3 libgalago3
guile-1.8-libs libmysqlclient15off python-gtkmozembed python-gtkhtml2 p7zip gedit-common gnome-themes-extras libhesiod0 finger libmusicbrainz4c2a fast-user-switch-applet arj
gnome-volume-manager gtk2-engines libgtksourceview2.0-common libkpathsea4 eog libgtksourceview2.0-0 libavahi-gobject0 gnome-backgrounds python-eggtrayicon python-sexy
python-xdg gnome-spell libggz2 vino evince gnome-app-install libopal-2.2 totem-gstreamer libgnomevfs2-bin zip python-gdbm gnome-core dmz-cursor-theme python-4suite-xml
liblua5.1-0 libmeanwhile1 libgda3-3 svgalibg1 libpt-1.10.10-plugins-v4l libgpgme11 libggzcore9 libgmyth0 gconf-editor libzephyr3 gnome-system-tools gnuchess
gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs libavahi-ui0 gstreamer0.10-tools totem-mozilla libgdl-1-0 file-roller libopenobex1 libspeexdsp1 libgdl-1-common gnome-vfs-obexftp

The following packages will be REMOVED:
arj aspell bluez-gnome dmz-cursor-theme eog evince evolution-exchange fast-user-switch-applet file-roller finger gcalctool gconf-editor gedit gedit-common gnome-app-install
gnome-backgrounds gnome-cards-data gnome-core gnome-nettool gnome-network-admin gnome-power-manager gnome-screensaver gnome-spell gnome-system-tools gnome-themes
gnome-themes-extras gnome-vfs-obexftp gnome-volume-manager gnuchess gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs gstreamer0.10-tools gtk2-engines gtk2-engines-pixbuf gucharmap guile-1.8-libs
libavahi-gobject0 libavahi-ui0 libepc-1.0-1 libepc-ui-1.0-1 libgadu3 libgalago3 libgda3-3 libgda3-common libgdl-1-0 libgdl-1-common libggz2 libggzcore9 libggzmod4 libgksu1.2-0
libgksuui1.0-1 libgmyth0 libgnomevfs2-bin libgpgme11 libgpod3 libgtk-vnc-1.0-0 libgtksourceview2.0-0 libgtksourceview2.0-common libhesiod0 libkpathsea4 liblircclient0
liblua5.1-0 libmeanwhile1 libmtp7 libmusicbrainz4c2a libmysqlclient15off libopal-2.2 libopenobex1 libosp5 libpt-1.10.10 libpt-1.10.10-plugins-alsa libpt-1.10.10-plugins-v4l
libpth20 libsdl1.2debian libsdl1.2debian-alsa libspectre1 libspeexdsp1 libsvga1 libzephyr3 mysql-common p7zip pkg-config python-4suite-xml python-eggtrayicon python-gdata
python-gdbm python-gnome2-extras python-gst0.10 python-gtkhtml2 python-gtkmozembed python-gtksourceview2 python-notify python-sexy python-xdg rhythmbox seahorse svgalibg1
swfdec-gnome system-config-printer totem-common totem-gstreamer totem-mozilla totem-plugins unzip vinagre vino w3c-dtd-xhtml zip
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 107 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 216MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
Have you never get problems after apt-get autoremove?

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