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Old 11-18-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Desktop and other squashed vertically


Naughty me! I was playing around with Desktop appearance and ended up with all pages squashed up horizontally. Not severely but it changes the look of all pages, and I have adjusted my eyes to another setting.

How do I change things so that I get back to w here I was. I imagine I can change sizes until I find the right look.

I am 75 so don't be too hard on me.

Thank you folks.

PS: In the heading "Linux - Newbie" is says.....'if not in the MAN pages.....what is a man page, I guess it is the main pages, yes?

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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Hi

firstly what is your distro? (distribution)

2) if you click my MyLQ and edit profile you can add your distro to show up underneath your name
this link may get you there?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...do=editprofile

3) where were you making changes?

4) what desktop environment or window manager were you in when playing around?

5) Have you ever used the command sudo before?

6) if you open a terminal and type and press enter for
Code:
man man
you should see that man means manpages or manual pages available in a terminal but also viewable on the net as per
http://www.linuxmanpages.com/man1/man.1.php

Last edited by aus9; 11-18-2013 at 07:19 PM.
 
Old 11-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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Hi

firstly what is your distro? (distribution)

2) if you click my MyLQ and edit profile you can add your distro to show up underneath your name
this link may get you there?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...do=editprofile

3) where were you making changes?

4) what desktop environment or window manager were you in when playing around?

5) Have you ever used the command sudo before?

6) if you open a terminal and type and press enter for
Code:
man man
you should see that man means manpages or manual pages available in a terminal but also viewable on the net as per
http://www.linuxmanpages.com/man1/man.1.php
I am less than a newbie, it appears.

1. what does distribution mean.

2. Not sure what you mean.

3. no idea

4. It was in somewhere where you could change the look of the desktop and all other page icons and print sizes ?????

5. Sudo, no unless I did it by accident.

Sorry, but I do use the Linux program Debian, reasonably well, but when I make changes I do not know where i I did it, or how.

I need a book , Dumb stuff for Dummies.
 
Old 11-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
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1) what is a distribution?
Well lets keep it simple, it is the name of the DVD or CD that you used to install Linux

2) my bad, MyLQ is a clickable link at top right corner of this page
see the Main menu? its to the left of it

4) (4) Needs more information but we now know you have Debian but which one?

a) open a terminal and run this command and press enter pls
Code:
cat /etc/*release
If you know how to copy and paste, then post the results
other wise just write down and tell us the results

I will show my output to give you an idea of what to expect
Code:
cat /etc/*release
PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux jessie/sid"
NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"
ID=debian
ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
HOME_URL="http://www.debian.org/"
SUPPORT_URL="http://www.debian.org/support/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="http://bugs.debian.org/"
b) how did you get this DVD or cd?

c) can you provide a link to it such as
http://distrowatch.com/

http://www.livecdlist.com/

#####################################

You need a book?

Try your local library

If you can read online books can I suggest you start here?

http://linuxnewbieguide.org/

eg what is linux?
http://linuxnewbieguide.org/overview...what-is-linux/

########################################################

Question (1)

But we still need to know what graphical system of Debian you are running?

let me give you a short list maybe you will recognise one?

XFCE
KDE
Gnome
Mate
LXDE

now try this command in a terminal and post the results

Code:
env | grep SESSION
Question (2)
Do you know how to update your Debian system?

Question (3)
Do you have a nice terminal that allows you to use the mouse for copy and paste actions?

If not read on, and try if interested

Code:
sudo su
apt-get update
apt-get install roxterm
at this stage I will not show you how to update system files, as you may prefer to try out other Linux distros?

maybe you can tell us, what you want to achieve
eg I need web browsing,
typing a letter
email
print some docs
play card games
play online card games
etc

good luck

PS when we know what graphical sytem of Debian you are on,
we can guess what graphical control panel you are on
and ask you to click on the menu button at a certain spot

---well I can't as I run enlightenment but we will cross that bridge when we get there

There is no rush you are doing great.

Last edited by aus9; 11-19-2013 at 12:33 AM.
 
Old 11-19-2013, 01:21 AM   #5
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1) what is a distribution?
Well lets keep it simple, it is the name of the DVD or CD that you used to install Linux

2) my bad, MyLQ is a clickable link at top right corner of this page
see the Main menu? its to the left of it Found it. When I click on MyLQ it says no threads to display, or summit.

4) (4) Needs more information but we now know you have Debian but which one? Debian 2.30.2

Desktop Gnome loaded 11/10/12 Professional, cost me $90

a) open a terminal and run this command and press enter pls
Code:
cat /etc/*release
No such file or directory...Do I have to space it the same as you and do I have to put (code) do an exact entry for me.

If you know how to copy and paste, then post the results
other wise just write down and tell us the results

I will show my output to give you an idea of what to expect
Code:
cat /etc/*release
PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux jessie/sid"
NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"
ID=debian
ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
HOME_URL="http://www.debian.org/"
SUPPORT_URL="http://www.debian.org/support/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="http://bugs.debian.org/"
b) how did you get this DVD or cd? Supplied by the bloke that put it on computer.

c) can you provide a link to it such as
http://distrowatch.com/

http://www.livecdlist.com/

#####################################

You need a book?

Try your local library

If you can read online books can I suggest you start here?

http://linuxnewbieguide.org/

eg what is linux?
http://linuxnewbieguide.org/overview...what-is-linux/

########################################################

Question (1)

But we still need to know what graphical system of Debian you are running?

let me give you a short list maybe you will recognise one?

XFCE
KDE
Gnome
Mate
LXDE

now try this command in a terminal and post the results

Code:
env | grep SESSION
Question (2)
Do you know how to update your Debian system? I use the advised, or notified, update system and update everything that is offered.

Question (3)
Do you have a nice terminal that allows you to use the mouse for copy and paste actions?

If not read on, and try if interested

Code:
sudo su
apt-get update
apt-get install roxterm
at this stage I will not show you how to update system files, as you may prefer to try out other Linux distros?

maybe you can tell us, what you want to achieve
eg I need web browsing,
typing a letter
email
print some docs
play card games
play online card games
etc

good luck

PS when we know what graphical sytem of Debian you are on,
we can guess what graphical control panel you are on
and ask you to click on the menu button at a certain spot

---well I can't as I run enlightenment but we will cross that bridge when we get there

There is no rush you are doing great.

You are not going to believe this, but I have been using Linux for around 10 years. I and another bloke started the Coffs Harbour Linux Club, but most of the club members wanted to concentrate on "Rocket Science" which left me sitting on the launch pad.

I write books,and am published, but every so often I get daring and lash out at a few other button pressing exercises, much to my disdain.



But here we are, I know what a distro is, I know what MyLQ is,I know that there may be light at the underside of the Penguin, and I know you are a very patient person...Not bad for a first days outing, Hey?
 
Old 11-19-2013, 03:05 AM   #6
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nothing wrong with pushing buttons as long as they don't push back.

We just need to work out what graphical panel you used by knowing your graphical system is.

I am 55 and have used Linux for longer than 10 years and I am still learning.

some questions on top of above.

1) Do you know your computer make and model?

2) Does it also have windows on it?

3) Do you like to tinker (improve things, explore things)?

4) Is this your club?
http://www.clublinux.org.au/
 
Old 11-19-2013, 03:22 AM   #7
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nothing wrong with pushing buttons as long as they don't push back.

We just need to work out what graphical panel you used by knowing your graphical system is.

Not sure!

I am 55 and have used Linux for longer than 10 years and I am still learning.

some questions on top of above.

1) Do you know your computer make and model? Hp Vpro

2) Does it also have windows on it? Yuck!

3) Do you like to tinker (improve things, explore things)? Yes! but that is my downfall. I go through a process and get some result that I am happy with, and then...How the f...did I do that.

4) Is this your club? Yep, I am Deadfrog...Which explains it all.
http://www.clublinux.org.au/
PS: Put Amazon Books in your search engine with the name Peter Rake and you will see my books. Not that I am self publicizing or nuffin' Like. LOL
 
Old 11-19-2013, 07:12 AM   #8
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any chance you can give an answer on reply number 4 ---section question 1
which is the result for searching for your session window manager name
---so we can work out which control panel you need to go to
------or menu item etc
 
Old 11-19-2013, 07:20 AM   #9
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offtopic

having read your aussie forum post, don't forget to install hplip to use with most HP printer
--hplip also will allow scanning.
 
Old 11-19-2013, 04:00 PM   #10
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any chance you can give an answer on reply number 4 ---section question 1
which is the result for searching for your session window manager name
---so we can work out which control panel you need to go to
------or menu item etc
I did answer #4 with Yes, that is the club and I said I am "deadfrog"

I went to System...Preferences...Appearance at one stage and changed the appearance, this is when everything squashed up, I then went back and changed again, but it stayed squashed.
 
Old 11-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #11
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having read your aussie forum post, don't forget to install hplip to use with most HP printer
--hplip also will allow scanning.

That has been done, and it is working well.
 
Old 11-19-2013, 06:18 PM   #12
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Further: I opened my Open Office word program and began preparing a document. It was off the page right and left. I had to move it each way to see what I had written.

Teach me to keep my sticky little fingers out of the pot, Hey?
 
Old 11-19-2013, 08:47 PM   #13
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I asked for the result of
Quote:
env | grep SESSION
if you are unable to run this command for any reason there is a dirty solution

use your file manager to delete the .config folder in your home folder
or use the command
Code:
rm -rf .config
then log out and login and start again

b) the reason why it is dirty is because it destroys all of your configurations applicable to the local user = you.
while if you knew you are on a kde you could just delete the .config/kde sub-folder

c) but the config folder may not be under .config but at the same level so it might be

rm -rf .kde (or whatever)

good luck

Last edited by aus9; 11-19-2013 at 08:51 PM.
 
Old 11-20-2013, 12:15 AM   #14
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I asked for the result of


if you are unable to run this command for any reason there is a dirty solution

use your file manager to delete the .config folder in your home folder
or use the command
Code:
rm -rf .config
then log out and login and start again

b) the reason why it is dirty is because it destroys all of your configurations applicable to the local user = you.
while if you knew you are on a kde you could just delete the .config/kde sub-folder

c) but the config folder may not be under .config but at the same level so it might be

rm -rf .kde (or whatever)

good luck
I have got things back a bit better by changing the resolution: however the work pages are still over sized.
 
  


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