Gnome has disappeared!
Scot L. Harris
webid at cfl.rr.com
Tue Aug 24 15:29:10 UTC 2004
On Tue, 2004-08-24 at 11:14, John Lagrue wrote:
> Scot L. Harris wrote:
> >>Investigation shows that Xclients-default no longer exists, and that
> >>gnome has seemingly vanished; certainly running 'switchdesk gnome'
> >>reports that gnome is not installed.
> >Did you check your RPM database to see if the gnome packages are still
> >listed there?
> A lot were, yes.
So did you note which gnome packages were missing?
> >As to what could have happened, you may have deleted some portion of
> >your file system by accident, you may have removed the gnome packages
> >using rpm or yum, one of your file systems may not have mounted
> >correctly, cosmic rays blasted your hard drive erasing specific files,
> >your system was hacked and modified by someone else just for fun, UFOs
> >may have replaced your system with almost an exact duplicate except for
> >the gnome packages (they prefer KDE).
> It was the aliens, damn them!
They can be pesky critters those aliens. :)
> >Also think back to what you did just before you did nothing to the
> >system. That usually is the source of problems like this.
> Believe me I tried to remember; and the only answer that I can come up
> with is that I installed yumi. It seemed to work well, and when I last
> closed down the system it was from a running gnome desktop.
Did you review the history file for roots shell? Depending on how large
the history file is you can sometimes find a clue there as to what was
done prior to something going screwy. Of course if it was done via a
GUI tool (yumi) you would need to look at its log file information if it
has any. (hopefully it does log what is done, if not that should be
included on any tool that can modify packages/settings on a system).
> I solved (or rather, recovered) the system by logging into a failsafe
> terminal and running 'yum install gnome*'
> Thanks for the pointers. I will keep an eye out for those aliens *grin*
Glad you are back in operation. And keep watching the skies. :)
Scot L. Harris <webid at cfl.rr.com>
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