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Old 08-18-2009, 05:46 AM   #1
chhoedin
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Question Something is wrong with my Gnome Desktop


#Help needed ASAP#

My whole gnome desktop stopped functioning after I ran an update via the update manager. Finally resolved it with the help of a friend. Had unknowingly pointed to two packages-both lenny and etch......so apparently the updates got all mixed up....even then at first couldn't login the usual way so my friend installed xdm. With that I could now login and my desktop icons had appeared and everything seemed to be working well. But when I started my browser which is iceweasel it wouldn't start. Even the openoffice.org programs fails to load/open. Even my text editor wouldn't open. Error like "gedit libgtk sourceview-2.0.s0.0: undefined symbol: xmlReaderForFd" keep appearing. So basically display is not working...have updated several times. Do i need to switch to gdm instead of xdm if at all it should make any difference. Or is re-installation of linux the only solution? Please help. I am new to linux so I don't know what to do.
Am using Debian Linux.

Thanks a million in advance.
 
Old 08-19-2009, 12:16 AM   #2
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I appreciate that it's not in the subject, but still, you should not tag your posts as urgent. Those who are uninterested in your problem are not going to be swayed by assertions of urgency; some of those who otherwise would help will take offense at it (myself included). Remember that each of us could be out talking to girls (or boys), but have instead chosen to come volunteer time here.

I think you're saying you enabled repos for two different versions of Debian? Honestly, if you're a newbie and don't have too much invested in that system, my guess is the damage is so widespread that it'd take you twenty times longer to fix enough that you're functioning again than it would to just nuke it and reinstall. Before you do so, get a largeish USB-able storage device and:
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cp -ar ~/* /media/yourdisk
cp -ar ~/.* /media/yourdisk
The latter version is to catch hidden files, which your shell will probably not include in ~/*. Afterwards, you can reverse the arguments to copy everything back to your homedir on a new system. Don't forget the hidden files! You may also want to get /etc for system and various programs' configs. (And obviously, substitude for /media/yourdisk as needed. No reason you can't make a directory specifically to put this stuff in. Don't just do; understand.)
 
Old 08-19-2009, 07:18 AM   #3
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Smile Thanks

Thank you for the help. And yeah sorry about the tagging mishap....wasn't intentional and I just joined the forum yesterday so I have a lot to learn. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by karamarisan View Post
I appreciate that it's not in the subject, but still, you should not tag your posts as urgent. Those who are uninterested in your problem are not going to be swayed by assertions of urgency; some of those who otherwise would help will take offense at it (myself included). Remember that each of us could be out talking to girls (or boys), but have instead chosen to come volunteer time here.

I think you're saying you enabled repos for two different versions of Debian? Honestly, if you're a newbie and don't have too much invested in that system, my guess is the damage is so widespread that it'd take you twenty times longer to fix enough that you're functioning again than it would to just nuke it and reinstall. Before you do so, get a largeish USB-able storage device and:
Code:
cp -ar ~/* /media/yourdisk
cp -ar ~/.* /media/yourdisk
The latter version is to catch hidden files, which your shell will probably not include in ~/*. Afterwards, you can reverse the arguments to copy everything back to your homedir on a new system. Don't forget the hidden files! You may also want to get /etc for system and various programs' configs. (And obviously, substitude for /media/yourdisk as needed. No reason you can't make a directory specifically to put this stuff in. Don't just do; understand.)
 
  


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