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Old 04-11-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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Panel is gone, how do i get it back?


First off, yes I'm a newbie.

Ok... I don't know what happened yesterday, but as I was showing my little cousin my different desktop backgrounds, all of a sudden a bunch of the same windows opened up and as i closed one, my panel disappeared along with all of the open windows. And now I have no panel, and only the 3 default icons on my desktop (Computer, Home, Trash). So I have to log out using CTRL/ALT/DEL just to get into my root account... and of course the panel is working fine in there.

I've tried searching with no luck. The closest I got was starting this thread, and I had the option of the "Click Here to Find Similar Threads" button... but alas, those threads did not help.

Any ideas on how to get the panel back... short of deleting my user id and re-creating it? I was starting to get everything just the way i like it.

Thx in advance,
Kidd.
 
Old 04-11-2006, 09:27 PM   #2
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Hello,

Which desktop enviroment are you running? KDE, Gnome, XFCE?
 
Old 04-11-2006, 10:51 PM   #3
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Hello,

Which desktop enviroment are you running? KDE, Gnome, XFCE?
Sorry, my bad... I'm running gnome.
 
Old 04-12-2006, 08:42 AM   #4
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My wife pulled this one once in her Gnome...evidentally, this is a common Gnome problem.

I believe (if I recall correctly) you should be able to right-click on your desktop and get a menu, with an option in the menu for "terminal". Open that terminal and at the command prompt type "gnome-panel &". (The "&" is so it keeps running after you close the terminal.

I'm going to log out and relog in a Gnome desktop, so if this doesn't work, hang tight!

EDIT: Yes, the right-click menu should have a "terminal" option at the top. Once you have a panel open, you can use it's menu to set up a second panel or turn it back on so it stays on the desktop.

Bonus fun tip: while you have a terminal open, try typing "xfce4-panel" and "kicker" (the KDE panel) provided you have both of those installed. Go crzy! You can even run all three panels from a window manager such as TWM: see second screen-shot down on this TWM page.

Last edited by Hosiah; 04-12-2006 at 09:00 AM.
 
Old 04-12-2006, 02:16 PM   #5
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You rock Hosiah!

I'm at work right now, but I'm gonna try it when I get home. Thanks for the quick response. I knew there must be an answer, as opposed to having to delete my account and start all over.

I'm also gonna try your tips, as being a newbie kinda sucks right now... but I know I'll get the hang of it soon.

Cheers,
Kidd.
 
Old 04-12-2006, 06:27 PM   #6
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Well Hosiah, it worked like a charm... thanks again. And now I know how to fix this if I see someone else having this problem.
 
Old 04-14-2006, 07:09 AM   #7
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I learned something too, the use of the & in the end of a command, thanks a bloody bunch ^_^
 
Old 04-16-2006, 09:28 AM   #8
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I to have seem to lost both panels the one at the top and bottom in both my user and root log in. Only when I type in "gnome-panel &" I get.
bash: gnome-panel: command not found
[1] 10758
[1] Exit 127 gnome-panel
 
Old 04-27-2006, 04:57 AM   #9
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bash: gnome-panel: command not found
Well, it's gotta be installed. For any of the panels I named here, you need the corresponding desktop installed.
 
Old 04-27-2006, 09:20 AM   #10
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I've seen a box doing something like this before, jtravnick, happened to me with a gnome theme, changing themes fixed it, but if you want to get it back, there's a silly trick, the "space" for them should still be there, click on it, and drag it to the side of the screen, then bring it back. Should bring 'em back, I never bothered to look into what exactly caused it, but that's a fix that worked for me the 2-3 times it happened.
 
Old 04-27-2006, 05:04 PM   #11
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wound up doing a clean install with FC5 since the next time I logged into the desktop I than lost the desktop icons all I had was my wallpaper. Dont know what I did to cause this problem and i'm sure it was me but at lest I have the system back up and running. To bad I didnt have backups of my files before this happened since I lost everything that was on there.
 
Old 04-27-2006, 05:57 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by jtravnick
wound up doing a clean install with FC5 since the next time I logged into the desktop I than lost the desktop icons all I had was my wallpaper. Dont know what I did to cause this problem and i'm sure it was me but at lest I have the system back up and running. To bad I didnt have backups of my files before this happened since I lost everything that was on there.
You should not really need to do that. If you did not have backups, you could have made backup with root user or even add a new user to the system. You could even try to remove your gnome configuration files from your user in order to try to restore gnome:

rm -rf ~/.gnome*

That should force gnome to start a fresh new desktop next time you login. Next time, post here. As long as you can boot into Linux, there will always be a solution to fix things. In fact, even if it does not boot there're ways to fix things
 
Old 04-27-2006, 06:20 PM   #13
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unforchanatly as you can see above I had posted what it was doing at least with the panels almost two weeks ago. Did not get any replays until today.
Now I know the forums are totaly voluntary and usually do not expect a replay right away but after more than a week figured I wasnt getting one.

Do'nt know who's cornflakes I ***** in but seams like thats how its been going lately here for me I have quit a few questions out there that haven't heard anything back. In fact if I didnt get an email today telling me there was a replay to this thread I had forgotten about it. So basically gave up. Figure I'll try on my own if I mess something up to bad well can always just do a reinstall.
 
Old 04-27-2006, 08:01 PM   #14
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I can feel you pain mate. I also had my bad experiences with Linux and every single other operating system I've tried in my life. My recommendation is: Never save anything important in an OS you're not very familiar with. When I dual-booted, I kept one partition of type FAT32 where I could share files between Linux and Windows without a problem. If you don't dual-boot, it is still a good idea to make a separated partition (as your /home) in the case you need to reinstall Linux. Then, instead of simply formating the whole disk, you'd mount your home only.

I know it's late, but next time you get yourself into trouble you will know how to proceed ^_^.
 
  


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