Gnome does not accept adding Emblems Icons on folders or other icons
I wanted to comment about a very rare error I just found, I got on my PC a Debian/Squeeze system working perfectly with my Humanity Icons (the ones Ubuntu uses) on my Desktop, one of those days that I update and restart my system and something wierd happend after I restart my system, first my icons of folders and programs change completly the order I left them, it was like if I put Autoarrange on them, from been on the order I left them on my desktop to completly arrange themselfs to the left. Second mi humanity icons on the folders Documents, Music, Videos, Downlowns change completly to the default folder icon with any kind of logo on them(you can see here how those icons are supposed to look https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Inco...lder_icons.png).
What I mean with this is that for example the Documents folder has a logo of a document on it and changed to a normal folder without any logo on it. The only icons that did not change from the humanity icon pack is the Home folder, Trash and Computer icons. And final but, not least is that in those folders on my Desktop like Music, Video, Documents, Downloads, etc I had put emblems on them to make them unique and looks cooler with them on and now they disappeared too.
I tried the following solutions to solve this:
1) To click on the emblems again to put them back but it does not let me because once I click it disables it self a second after.
2) I tried to look in google and other forums to know if anyone had a similar problem to this and nothing, I could not find anyone with this problem so far, that is why I ask for your help.
3) I tried to change the Desktop theme and even the icons but does not help, the icons don't come back and the emblems still disabled.
4) I tried to reinstall gnome hoping it will fix this problem but, still the same.
5) I even tried a safe-upgrade and same as nothing.
I really don't know what else to tried, can anyone help me to solve this? I would like to know what happened to my Desktop in general.
Thanks and Regards!!
PD: Also I would like to ask something I got on my system 2 partitions that are the following: 1) as / 2)as /home
So, my question is the following, if I format my / partition and reinstall all my debian system there and making my /home partition as default again (without touching it), would I lose all my programs, configurations, etc? Because I know that trying that It will fix my problem if everything stays the same, I ask because I got a lot of saved data and configurations that I cannot lose.
I have a solution, but you would need to completely reset the config of many of apps. First, reinstall all of the themes and restart. Then open your home directory and and then Ctrl + h. You can also use the option on the View menu. This should show all the hidden files and folders in your home folder, (.config, .mozilla, etc). Delete the following folders:
Make sure that you move these to your Trash folder instead of really deleting them. Log out and log back in again. Note that this may work better if done with another desktop environment, like Xfce. You will lose all of your custom panel settings and background settings, everything should revert back to default settings (theme, icons, background, etc.) but your icons should be fixed. This is the only solution that I know works. If it doesn't fix your problem, at least you can restore your settings from the Trash folder. Hope you his fixes your problem!
before anything I would like to thank you for your reply. I tried what you told me, as you said all my custom panel settings, icons, themes, background, etc change back to default. But, the problem persits still with the same icon problem, same auto arrange problem and with the same emblems problem.
Got any other ideas?
About doing this idea I mention before about formating my / partition and reinstall all my debian system there and making my /home partition as default again (without touching it), would It work?
Sorry for the long delay, was buried in book work for classes. Anyway, to answer your question, I really don't know this time around. If anyone else knows something I don't, please post a reply to this thread. Another thing I could tell you is to fiddle with some of the settings in gconf-editor. Just open a run box and type that in. A window will open that looks a little like the registry editor in WinBlows. I remember seeing something under desktop > gnome > interface that had something to do with icons in the menus. There are a lot of settings mess with in there.
Another thing I should tell you is that Debian Squeeze can be a little flaky sometimes. You should consider the possibility that whatever packages are responsible for icon management may have a few bugs.
Regards + Thanks!!
The only thing I can tell you there is to back up your data to another drive (or partition, if you're feeling adventurous) and try it. You should be mindful of your UID number (user ID), as the Debian installer still does not offer the option to modify the number of whatever account it creates during installation.
This means that if you created another user account after installation and stored all work there, you will have to write down the id number prior to the re-installation, as you will need to log in as root upon first boot to change your UID. The same thing will need to be done with your backup copy. You will be using the "usermod" utility to do this and its relatively easy to use:
usermod -u NewNumber UserName
I would also suggest learning more about this command, as it offer significantly more control over user properties than most other GUIS tools. http://www.computerhope.com/unix/usermod.htm
There is any good software to do a back up on linux like Acronis in windows?? That I can make a Back up copy and then, after installing my system I can just uploaded?
What if I make a new user with my new installation with the same username as the old one and just move all my data there? Do I have to change my user id?
My user id 1000 because I only got the root user and one normal user called bugsbunny as you can see here:
PC-Arriba:~# id bugsbunny
uid=1000(bugsbunny) gid=1000(bugsbunny) groups=1000(bugsbunny),20(dialout),24(cdrom),25(floppy),29(audio),44(video),46(plugdev),106(netdev)
So, what you think of my idea? Is there going to be a problem doing that ? even if I put to my new user the older user uid?
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