In Gnome, my panel died twice, once after mucking with StarOffice and once it spontaneously crashed. I finally found a procedure that specified issuing the shell command HOME, then renaming various desktop files to .bak. The procedure worked, but I'd really like to get under the hood and maybe figure out what went wrong. I've searched high and low; even (gasp) bought a book and I can find no reference to the HOME command nor can I find the desktop files anywhere. Any hints?