-How to reset Xfce to "factory" settings in Etch ?
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-How to reset Xfce to "factory" settings in Etch ?
My 2 Etch boxes are doing perfect, thanks to the help of some posters here. On one of the boxes, I experiment problem in Xfce : I am missing the "window frame" (the bar on top of the window, with the "minimize", "maximize" and "close" buttons).
I think it is because the first time I used Xfce, its default resolution was 1280x1024, on a 17" CRT monitor that is better under 1024x768 res'... So I booted under Gnome, edited xorg.conf, and all was fine... Except that Xfce behaves funny.
I have to mention that it is only the case under my own user account. When I boot Xfce under my wife's account, it is absolutely fine.
So here's my question :
-Is there a way to reset Xfce to its "factory" settings , or its default configuration ?
I'm not an XFCE user so you'll want another opinion, but maybe removing (well, first try renaming) the .xfce directory, or equivalent, under your home directory? Some programs create their config files in "hidden" directories (that start with a dot) under the homedirectory of a user, so I'd start off by checking if xfce uses one and then rename it and restart xfce..if it doesn't work, move the directory back in place or if it does, remove it.
What did you change/remove? I don't have a .xfce directory. My settings are kept in .config
I have not looked closely, but don't just remove the .xfce/Xfce4 directory, rename the entire .config directory.
If xfce (which I also don't know) creates configuration files on runtime then it's not possible for you to do it.
Either there is an option for xfce Restore default setting
Or you reinstall xfce
1)(apt-get PURGE ... followed by apt-get install, not apt-get reinstall)
2) you reinstall with forcing the overwriting of the configuration files of xfce and it's dependencies.
My way of knowing configuration files for a package is this:
dpkg -s <package_name>
then you have to backup/erase these conf files.
and then you reinstall xfce giving dpkg option
so that when reinstalling the package it will see that conf files are missing and recreate them (without confmiss the system will never erase/recreate your conffile for safety reasons)
Sorry it's only rough ideas, not a list of commands.
I just opened Nautilus as the root user, went to my .config folder, selected my xfce folders and deleted them. Then I opened a tab in the root user nautilus and navigated to my wife's .config folder and copied her xfce folder to my .config folder. Worked like a charm.
in the terminal will give you the root user file/folder navigation. So, the file paths are
In Nautilus, click the "View" option, then select "Show Hidden Files". This will reveal your hidden folder, which all begin with a "."
I typed this to help others looking for an easy answer.
Also, you can create a new account and open Xfce with it, and you should have a brand new Xfce .config file to use.
Last edited by youngmix; 12-19-2009 at 02:18 PM.
Reason: extra options
I know this is late, but these solutions did not work for me so I made another solution here (tested)
I created a new user and gave it admin rights. Then I deleted my old username.
I will next create a new user with my old name.
I deleted too many files that I thought were necessary and ended up in a login loop.
Luck had it, that I was able to create a new account because I followed some good advice.
Always have two desktop managers installed in case you mess one up!
That was how I got to like xfce over lubuntu which loads 2 as fast as lubuntu lxde (not sure why)
Thanks for your help. It led me to my solutions. Google is awesome.