Ubuntu :: Way To Restore Gnome Defaults / System Defaults

Apr 21, 2011

I installed the Elegant Gnome theme/package and I uninstalled it after about a week of use. Even after reverting back to the ambiance theme, or other themes, I've noticed that some elements of the Elegant Gnome theme have remained (e.g. the panel color and icons in Chrome or after right clicking and the system font).Is there a way to restore the Gnome defaults or Ubuntu system defaults so that everything is as it should be?

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General :: Setting System Defaults Screensaver Gnome?

Feb 15, 2010

what file do you set the defaults in? I want to set all my users to use a blank screensaver and a time out of 20min. password required. Have been looking all over the place for a valid config file I can edit and the syntax for it. I should also mention I want these to be default for all user that CANNOT be changed except by root. Red Hat running gnome in my case.

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OpenSUSE :: How To Restore Defaults With Re-installing OS?

Apr 2, 2011

While making sure that vmware used runlevel 5, I did not realize to simply check/uncheck radial buttons at bottom of frame because I first saw numbers across the top of the frame; checking, unchecking these seems to apply run levels to all services; since I may have disrupted default settings for some services, I am not sure I did this, but I may have done so before I saw what I should have done, two questions:

(1) Does it matter?
(2) How would I restore defaults with re-installing OS?

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Ubuntu :: Icons Stuck As GNOME Defaults

May 16, 2010

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and after recently changing a theme, all icons are stuck as GNOME defaults.I read some threads where it's only the folder icon that's stuck but as it is every single icon then I decided I'd best just ask.

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Ubuntu :: Just Installed 11.04 But It Defaults To Gnome Rather Than Unity

Jul 23, 2011

I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 in a virtual box but it has defaulted to Gnome rather than Unity. I've never used Linux before (had to get it for my software paper at uni) so really have no idea what I'm doing. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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Fedora :: Gnome Shell - Change Defaults?

Jun 3, 2010

I feel like this is a RTFM question, so if anyone wants to just direct me to the right manual, that's fine.

I just installed gnome-shell and i cant seem to find anyway to customize anything, esp. the task bar, the clock, et cetera

is there a preferences gui or something that I cant find? I feel like i'm trying to use a mac....

It seems pretty sweet, but, i dont know how to get used to not having a window list... i dont wanna pull up the "activities window" or alt tab every time i want switch windows (esp when my hand is used to just moving to the top of the screen and clicking on the right window...

There's this autohide taskbar at the bottom of the screen, but i cant for the life of me figure out what it's for, or how to put things on it....

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Debian Multimedia :: Gnome 3 Defaults To Fallback Mode

Feb 11, 2015

I recently installed Wheezy from a DVD (that was written almost a year and half ago) to my desktop. The DVD install was a minimal one, so after installation I updated the system and installed gnome. But after reboot, my gnome always falls back to gnome-classic.

Code: Select all$ gnome-shell --version
GNOME Shell 3.4.2
$ cat /etc/issue
Debian GNU/Linux 7

May be some firmware is missing, so I installed firmware-linux, firmware-linux-free, firmware-linux-nonfree, firmware-realtek, firmware-atheros (last two following a boot time warning). That did not solve the problem, so I just did Code: Select all$ sudo apt-get install firmware-* That also did not solve the problem.

Then I looked into my .xsession-errors file:

Code: Select all/etc/gdm3/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
localuser:somesh being added to access control list
openConnection: connect: No such file or directory
cannot connect to brltty at :0
gnome-session-is-accelerated: No hardware 3D support.


I also installed "libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental" from another post I found in this forum.But gnome still falls back to gnome-classic.My hardware is: Core i5-4440, Intel onboard graphics, realtek audio and network.

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Ubuntu :: The Configuration Defaults For Gnome Power Manager Have Not Been Installed Correctly

Oct 10, 2010

I was using simple backup config to backup home to an external drive and it was working fine for the past week or so and today after the backup the computer was restarted and I am unable to log on. I get an error message saying. "the configuration defaults for gnome power manager have not been installed correctly "

I did some googling and the problem is that / is full. I have been trying for the past three hours to delete some space on / so that I can log on. I used ctr-alt-f1 and I can log on there but whatever command I use to delete the root trash it fails. I get an error message saying /root/.local/share/Trash/files/ is not a file or directory.

delete root trash so I can log onto this computer. I have used every variant of sudo rm -r /root/.local/share/Trash/files/ that I could find including one using Chmod. I have already tried the commands found in this tutorial [URL]

I also reinstalled gnome but that did nothing.

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Fedora :: Gnome-power-manager Configuration Defaults Not Installed Properly?

Nov 19, 2009

My monitor kept powering down after 20 minutes so I installed Gnome-power-manager by yum so that I could change the settings. After the installation and every time I try to use it I get a message saying:


Install problem!

The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator

I'm now unable to effect a change in the power settings and the display keeps turning off.

1) Is someone able to post their config file from a working F12 install? I believe it's /etc/dbus-1/system.d/gnome-power-manager.conf but not certain as I don't have one ;-)

2) ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-power-manager/%gconf.xml is empty - is it empty for someone with a working install?

3) how I can change the power settings without the gui - I'm googling on this point and will post the answer as and when I find it.

[ecvej@desktop ~]$ uname -r
Edit: In case it is relevant, this is the contents of my /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.system/%gconf-tree.xml


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General :: Configuration Defaults For GNOME Power Manager Have Not Been Installed Correctly

Dec 17, 2010

Opps should raed GNOME power manager problem, but im sure you all guessed.I get an error when i try and log in.The configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator."I did try and follow the advice on other threads but nothing works so far.

I have an eepc- no cdrom drive.Right now im in malaysia so i dont have anyone to help me out. If you have any suggestions make them simple please i dont care if i loose everything on my computer just need it to work again

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Ubuntu :: Isnt Working - Configuration Defaults For GNOME Power Manager Have Not Been Installed Correctly

Jul 16, 2011

My ubuntu isnt working after i write my password and press enter it does nothig but gives a massage ''the configuration defaults for GNOME power manager have not been installed correctly'' the recovery console doesnt work too(same problem) the problem appeared after i installed bittorent client called smth starting with 'd'.

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Slackware :: System Wide Application/filetype Defaults?

Sep 8, 2010

I have been searching around into /etc/xdg/ and ~/.config and also /skel/.config (for newly created users!) so I can ensure specific applications open filetypes by default.

I would prefer to be able to use a system wide configuration so that i may be able to run a script with each new slackware release that would change application/filetype defaults for all users including existing to our liking (unless they have already preset their own app/defaults in ~/.config).

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OpenSUSE Install :: Install Error - Config Defaults For GNOME For GNOME Power Manager Have Not Been Installed Correctly

Mar 4, 2010

Things were running fine until GNOME misbehaved;

GNOME failed to load telling me:

Install error, Configuration defaults for GNOME power manager have not been installed correctly.

So I


To the shell and check the logs in gdm and find this:

Could not ask power manager if user can suspend, launch helper exited with unknown return code 0.

So I try


To see if another user will get the desktop; I get the error

Cant create etc/passwd no space left on device.

So I


And get the following

I insert a usb drive to prepare for back up; Run


On the shell to get the usb device name; Then run


To mount the device.

I end up with:

Cant create lock file /etc/mtab~ 4610 No space left on device(use -n flag to override)

So, I


And see 9 partitionitions


Again to check which ones are loaded at boot up time and get

plus some other file systems mounted at boot up, but not mapping to any physical partitionition.

I try


On partition9 and get warnings because its mounted, so I chicken out and try


And run into the error:

cant create lock file /etc/mtab~4832 no space left on device (use -n flag to override)

Good thing is there is a


Since space is a problem, I


On partition6 which is not mounted at boot up time and try to


I still get the error

cant create lock file /etc/mtab~4735 no space left on device (use -n flag to override


For package update tells me

cant open /var/run/zypp.pid in mode w


For power management tells me its not even recognised as a command.

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Fedora :: Error Gnome-desktop3-3.0.1-2.fc15.x86_64 When Choose A Minimal Install Then Add ONLY The Defaults Of The "GNOME Desktop" Package

May 3, 2011

I noticed that in Fedora 15 Beta when you choose a minimal install then add ONLY the defaults of the "GNOME Desktop" package, you will get this error: gnome-desktop3-3.0.1-2.fc15.x86_64 has a required package:


When I look for gnome-desktop3-3.0.1-2.fc15.x86_64 it is not on any installation menu list. I prefer gnome, but installed KDE and that worked. Any ideas of getting gnome to work?

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Ubuntu :: Error Message Says "configuration Defaults For GNOME Power Manager Has Not Been Installed Correctly"

Aug 18, 2011

error message says "configuration defaults for GNOME power manager has not been installed correctly";however, my laptop was working fine this morning. Now it does not even let me sign-in. I was attempting to install a back-up software using the "Accessories" button icon and the computer stopped working. Now it won't let me even sign-in.I use Ubuntu 10.04 and had done an update successfully (or so I thought), but what do I do now?

This message is coming to you from my desktop computer while the problem exists on the Dell laptop. Its model number is Inspiron 9300.

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Ubuntu :: Unity Bar Defaults On Restart?

Jan 5, 2010

everytime I restart my laptop (running Ubuntu 11.04) my unity launcher reverts back to default! I have to reorganize and remove and add the apps I want on the unity bar/launchpad.

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Ubuntu :: Kde Defaults Settings Files?

Jul 17, 2010

I'm trying to make a custom livecd for karmic with remastersys for a ready out of the box config and I cannot figure out how to set the following defaults:

windows decoration (kwin)
splash (ksplash)
login (kdm)
cursor (mouse theme)

The guides I searched for or only for kde3.5 I can't find any for kde4

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Ubuntu :: No Grub File In Etc/defaults ?

Aug 27, 2010

Trying to speed up booting with profiling and such, i do:


But the file it opens is empty? I searched for it manually and found nothing, either I should add that i'm dual booting with Windows 7, and have another partition in ntfs format just for my files =]

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Ubuntu :: Permissions - Reset To Defaults ?

Jan 31, 2011

After a regrettable typo, I reset all the permissions in my filesystem. What is the easiest way to restore my permissions to how they were? Is there a list where i can find the recommended permission settings for each directory?

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Ubuntu :: 10.04 RC Desktop I386 ISO Defaults To Installation?

Apr 26, 2010

I downloaded the ubuntu-10.04-rc-desktop-i386.iso file and burned it to a CD - i.e. what I thought would be a standard Ubuntu Live CD experience. Imagine my surprise when:On a black screen, there was a new (small) window on the left and a (small) meaningless stick figure on the right at the bottom of the screen, and after a while I got the error window entitled:

Installation failed
The installer encountered an unrecoverable error.
A desk top session will now be run so that you may
investigate the problem or try installing again.

Since when is installation (with no user interaction) a default when using a (Live)CD ISO image of any Ubuntu RC or otherwise?My only purpose was to boot up into the Live CD environment - but that was not only not presented as an option (normally there is a 30 second countdown) and the usual default is to boot up into the Live CD environment.This was not the case with the RC! Why not?

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Ubuntu Servers :: Install 10.04 LTS Server With All The Defaults?

Jun 14, 2010

So when I install 10.04 LTS server with all the defaults. ie root parted with lvm, I get a grub error. Apparently the install script at the end of the installation does not take into account that I might install ubuntu on a different drive.

Without LVM, I can get it to work. If I drop down to shell and mount the root drive, then run:

grub-install --root-directory=/ /dev/sdc And all is good. But I want LVM on my boot drive. Does anybody out there know of an easy way of doing this? This really should be a bug. But I'm too much a noob to know where to issue this.

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Ubuntu :: How To Reset Mouse To Factory Defaults

Jul 27, 2010

I am on 10.4 with a Dell Notebook (E6400). I use it mostly with a USB mouse. Everything worked fine for about 2 months. Then I shutdown, unplugged the mouse, restarted without the mouse, and my trackpad is broken. It works a little, but text fields and some apps capture the mouse events and won't let go. For instance, the cursor gets stuck in a text field and there is no way (keyboard or mouse) to get out.

I've tried several times to fix this and I cannot. If I boot from a LiveCD then everything works fine. My theory is that the mouse configuration files somehow got corrupted in my plugging/unplugging of the external mouse. How can I reset the mouse to factory defaults? Are there a set of files I can copy over from the live CD?I tried to delete and recreate my xorg.conf file and this did not work either.

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Ubuntu :: Remove Every Theme And Screensaver Except For Defaults?

Oct 18, 2010

How can i set the themes and screensavers to default? like, i have a netbook, and installed a LOT of themes, and now it is slowing down. how do i go about uninstalling?

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Ubuntu :: Change Print To File Defaults?

Nov 24, 2010

In 10.04LTS, when selecting print to file, the default settings are .ps, and home directory. Can those defaults be changed? I've looked around in CUPS, ubuntu-tweak, and searched on here, to no avail.

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Ubuntu :: Dual Boot Defaults To Wrong OS?

Aug 6, 2010

I tried to set up my first dual boot, Ubuntu 10.04 already on drive, added Dream Linux 4 beta 6.3. Now the default is Dream Linux, and the boot option flies past so fast that if you don't have your finger on the down arrow and press immediatly when the screen flashes, you go to Dream. I did a search that said to run grub-mkconfig and add the second os to the file. I got

"avid@david-desktop:~$ sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
[sudo] password for david:
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-24-generic


Another thread said to use chroot, but no instructions. I am not knowledgable in command line, and am unsure how to proceed. What I want to accomplish is Ubuntu as the default OS, and more time to decide before the default is loaded.

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze Defaults To KDE?

Aug 13, 2011

I installed sqeeze on a netbook. Having no optical drive, I created a usb install disk with unetbootin on a laptop running Squeeze stable and the "Debian 6.0.1a DVD 1" iso. Much to my suprise it installed KDE. I expected, and wanted, Gnome. At the tasksel section I checked off "Graphical Desktop Env", "Laptop", and "Standard Sysytem Utilities". I found a similar post regarding this: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=60040 But in this case the OP installed with a netinstall iso and concluded a faulty mirror was the cause. This doesn't make sense in my case as I was using a DVD image which contains, afaik, Gnome, XFCE, and KDE

There surely must be a way to explicitly choose which desktop env. one wants installed. I realize this can be done by doing a base install and using apt-get; but I'm thinking there must be a simpler way using the installer. I tried the "Expert" install and only saw the generic "Graphical Desktop" option again. I figure I must be missing something somewhere. Also, can I get apt-get to recognize my unetbootin stick as a source to fetch from? I tried apt-cdrom and different entries in sources.list but I can't figure it out. It seems wasteful to me to download hundreds of MBs of packages from a mirror when I have them locally.

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General :: Open Office Defaults ?

Jan 30, 2010

I want to change some of the defaults in Open Office but it seems like it's trickier than it should be. An example of what I would like to change is the default outline format, I prefer the 1st option in the 2nd row (when going to format --> bullets and numbering), but I have to select it every damn time I have to do bullets, which is pretty much 50 times a day). I also HATE tab stop for bullets, I think they are horrible for placement and I prefer a space over a tab stop (I don't get how anyone can functionally use tab stop in outlines, once you hit III. it does a FULL TAB and throws off the alignment completely). I've complained about this to the developers and....they have bigger priorities.

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Ubuntu :: Login Screen Defaults To Secondary Monitor

Jan 11, 2010

I have a dual monitor setup with the primary on the left and the secondary on the right. When the login screen comes up after a reboot for instance, the login options such as user selection are on the secondary (right) monitor. How can I change this?

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Ubuntu :: Use The Theme Lucidity, Which Is Ironically Excepted From The Defaults?

May 2, 2010

I'm on Lucid, and I want to use the theme Lucidity, which is ironically excepted from the defaults. I have the tarball, but am a little rusty on how to install themes in GNOME.

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Ubuntu :: Getting The New Grub To See Newly Installed OS (on Other HDD) And Setting Defaults?

May 20, 2010

So I just had gotten to know the old Grub a little when I upgraded Ubuntu to find the new Grub, which I barely understand at all! My use of Ubuntu is mostly for learning and recreational as my bread and butter is working on people's messed up Windoze systems, since that is where the work is. Naturally I've got to use and work with Windoze to know how to fix it and keep it running cleanly, but Ubuntu was the first Linux I found that to me seems like something that could be potentially be embraced by "non geeks". I have as yet to get anyone to try it; it is all about keeping up with the Joneses and having what they have. There is also that old pervasive myth that you get what you pay for, which with computers, I find the opposite is so often true, that the good stuff is mostly free.

In any case I dabble a lot with Ubuntu for fun and personal knowledge, but since I put 10 on I had only Windoze 7 on my machine at the time. It picked it up and I purposely installed Grub to my Ubuntu drive (I used separate physical drives, so that if you removed the Ubuntu drive, 7 would boot as if Grub and Linux were never on the machine and that is the way I like it since I tinker a lot.). The trouble is that I need Win 7 to be the default and I don't know how to do that with Grub 2 (is it 2?) I used to know with the old one. Also, I have since added a 160GB PATA drive with XP on it, since so much of the help I am asked to give over the phone is with XP and I am not one who can talk others through things unless I can see it myself. Plus there are some things I do that just plain old work best with XP. So I also need to add XP to my boot menu, and it is, on a separate physical drive as well, and I wanted that the same too; if you made the XP drive the priority boot device it will boot XP as if it was the only OS on the machine.

What the ideal for me would be is to have the Ubuntu drive as the one it boots from, Windoze 7 to be the default OS, and XP to be on the menu too. I have been able in all of the time with Ubuntu and Linux in general to find precious little info on how to do things with multiple physical drives. It seems to be taken for granted that the only way people multi boot is with separate partitions on a single physical drive

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