"By any chance were you using GNOME when you tried to update gnome ?
im pretty sure you cannot delete running programs files. !"
Yes I was
Seems like that was a bad idea.
Thank you both for the responses.
Fortunatly this is a test box for me to get the hang of things.
spuzzzzzzz: So running as root was not bothering me really. I was only trying to learn stuff :-)
I never really got to the bottom of it, however I became less interested in Gnome when Nautillus kept crashing on me. But I did like a lot of things about Gnome.
I've since reinstalled Slack' and am trying out KDE....
which I have now broken as well by trying to upgrade from 3.1 to 3.2
I think I'll start another thread in the Slack forum.