Ubuntu Tip : Howto recover gnome-panel

This tutorial will explain how to recover disappeared Application Menu, Places Menu and System Menu in ubuntu

Procedure to follow

1) First you need to Boot the system upto Login Window and now Press Ctrl+Alt+F1

2) Now You will get a Text based login screen use your username and password to login

3) run the following Command from your terminal

$ rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd

Now Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 you get your normal GUI login window

Source one of reader suggested this and also you can check here

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14 Responses

  1. grizato says:

    Why not just remove it from the startup apps?

  2. Rosh says:

    I’m not sure if I’m talking about the same thing but once I lost my Applications Places System I just went to add to panel and chose custom menu..ofcourse this was when the panel itself was still present.

  3. chris says:

    $ killall -1 gnome-panel

    restarts gnome panel including whatever panel app on it that failed.

  4. LMX says:

    You can right click any place on desktop and make a launcher and type gnome-terminal on command space.

    Then make double click on that launcher and on the terminal type gnome-panel

  5. serein says:

    as chris says, it’s just to kill the gnome-panel and it’ll restart… though it’s very annoying that it continues to vanish… seems like it’s invisible or hidden behind the wallpaper and it’s affecting several apps, sure hope they’ll fix it soon…

  6. Daan says:

    The method in this tutorial also removes any customizations you’ve made to the panel yourself.
    It is much easier to just re-add the Application Places System menus. Like Rosh says, right click on the panel, choose Add to Panel… and then add Menu Bar.

  7. hector says:

    you can do it too running this commands:

    gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel
    rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
    pkill gnome-panel

  8. Ben says:

    I deleted a panel that had a copy of my zip drive on it. When I installed the default ubuntu (9.1) panel my desktop was empty.

    I am not as techy as you guys but I would really like to know if there is anyway to recover the folder that has my data/info/life in it that was on the original panel


  9. sftranna says:

    sudo gnome-panel will restore all ur menus and panel bt as soon as u dont leave ur terminal all settings are lost
    any suggestion plz

  10. Adam Baroumand says:

    I can’t believe we are now in 2010 and the Developers still have not made some kind of easy way to click and restore it.

  11. Virender says:

    Make a Startup Script for the permanent persistent of gnome-panel.

  12. il2012 says:

    When I type gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel
    as superuser (#) Ijust get;
    GLib-GIO:ERROR:/build/buildd/glib2.0-2.28.6/./gio/gdbusconnection.c:2279:initable_init: assertion failed: (connection->initialization_error == NULL)

    I have the icons, but not the text-menus (usually top left). I have tried all other above tricks too; rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd etc. etc.


  13. monty says:

    Never had a problem with this in ubuntu but just had to use it in mint. Panel was hanging on log in and crashing system, this fixed it. Thanks

  14. David Tersigni says:

    I just experienced this problem on RHEL 6. My root and one user out of two users on the system both had this problem. I tried all the above, and none of it worked. I even moved teh entire /home/username direcotry to username.bak and created a new home directory, with no joy. What did work was I logged out, and opend a vty console at alt-f2, and copied the .gnome2, .gconf and .gconfd folders from the workig user to both the /root and /home/brokenuser. This worked.
    cp -R /home/workinguser/.gnome2 /home/brokenuser/
    cp -R /home/workinguser/.gconf /home/brokenuser/
    cp -R /home/workinguser/.gconfd /home/brokenuser/

    note there was no .gnome directory in any of the home directories in RHEL 6

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