Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop is empty

daniii10

Today when I open my laptop for some reason I got empty desktop no dash no unity.
I tried to open compiz though terminal and enable Unity Desktop but for some reason after I close compiz settings nothing saved and if I open compiz settings again unity desktop is not ticked.
For now I managed to open firefox through the terminal.
If someone can help me to fix that problem I will be grateful.

Also I noticed that this happen because yesterday I installed system updates and also updated compiz so maybe that what cause the problem.

This is the terminal output when I open compiz:

sudo ccsm
[sudo] password for daniel:
compizconfig – Info: Backend : ini
compizconfig – Info: Integration : true
compizconfig – Info: Profile : default
/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ccm/Utils.py:100: GtkWarning: Theme file for default has no name

pixbuf = IconTheme.load_icon (name, size, 0)
/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ccm/Utils.py:100: GtkWarning: Theme file for default has no directories

pixbuf = IconTheme.load_icon (name, size, 0)
Loading icons…
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watchpocket

Don’t know about your empty desktop — sorry — but just an FYI if in fact you’re running Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf as indicated in your Distro header: 15.10 ceased to be supported (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(operating_system)#Releases) exactly one month ago, on 2016-07-28.

So it surprises me that you say you installed system updates just yesterday. If possible, once the empty desktop snafu gets resolved, I’d back up your 15.10 and upgrade to 16.04 as soon as possible.

Wild Man

For a little while you can still download updates after EOL is reached but the updates are old no new updates are added.

watchpocket

I see. For about how long, do you know?

daniii10

Sorry for the confusion I’m running Ubuntu 16.04 as the title says.
I mean that I can see only the background there is no dash and no luncher. Fortunately I have Gnome 3 installed so I managed to change to gnome 3 and login but unity desktop is not working.

Wild Man

The repositories for end-of-life releases are moved a few weeks after the EOL date, I believe between 8 and 12 weeks.

To clarify – they are moved, not removed. EOL release repositories are available at http://old-releases.ubuntu.com
again as I said these update will just be old update no new ones so your system will be vulnerable to attacks.

grahammechanical

I mean that I can see only the background there is no dash and no luncher. Fortunately I have Gnome 3 installed so I managed to change to gnome 3 and login but unity desktop is not working.

And CCSM is showing the Unity plugin to be disabled? This command should reset Compiz

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

This command should restart Unity

setsid unity

Regards

daniii10

I ran the two commands and tried again to enable unity through compiz but after I enable it the settings are not saved and compiz showing that unity is disabled.
Any ideas?

CantankRus

The two commands set compiz back to default(unity plugin enabled) and reload unity.
No need to use ccsm and…..
Don’t use ccsm with sudo anyway.

mc4man

If you run ccsm as root then your setting root’s compiz settings (which really don’t ‘exist.
So stop doing that.
See what just plain ccsm shows/produces. While you’re at it maybe see if root owns any files/folders in your home directory.

ls -lA -R |grep root
Should return no root as owner group (don’t care about root in file name

daniii10

I ran it as root because it didn’t work when I tried without root.
I ran the command and there are many files in my home directory with root ownership.
When I try to reset unity the process freezes in the middle.

Edit:

And this is what happen when I reset unity with the command “setsid unity”

unity-panel-service stop/waiting
unity7 stop/waiting
unity-panel-service start/running, process 4942
unity7 start/running, process 5030

And it just stays like that.

Need help with resetting menu editor

andreadixon825

Hi, I’m having trouble with getting my menu editor to save, so I was wandering how I would reset the menu editor back to normal for xubuntu. Thanks
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halogen2

Which menu editor are you using?

andreadixon825

just the one that comes with ubuntu and xubuntu.

halogen2

There are several of them and last I checked they save quite differently…

Make sure any menu editors are closed, then try moving the file ~/.config/menus/xfce-applications.menu somewhere else (such as on an external drive), then log out and log back in, and see if your menu is better?

andreadixon825

Hi, I just tryed it and it did not work, for some reason when I try to save in the menu editor it dose not work, and now I cant seem to get it all back I dont know what I did but its mists up now. I will find another way around it thanks everyone.

yoshii

This is what I did: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2327706&highlight=whisker+menu

There’s a bug in the menu editor on v16.04 LTS of XFCE (in Ubuntu Studio). I think the bug is listed in the release notes, but I can’t remember for sure.
Anyways, the main idea is if the instructions above work, then don’t edit the menus or it will happen again. But you can still use the Favorites function.

Haven_McClure

This is what I did: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2327706&highlight=whisker+menu

There’s a bug in the menu editor on v16.04 LTS of XFCE (in Ubuntu Studio). I think the bug is listed in the release notes, but I can’t remember for sure.
Anyways, the main idea is if the instructions above work, then don’t edit the menus or it will happen again. But you can still use the Favorites function.

I ran across this bug too. How do I find this file and how do I delete it? This might seem like a dumb question, but I genuinely can’t find the answer. Going through the system menus doesn’t show me this file.

halogen2

just open a terminal and enter this command

mv -v ~/.config/menus/xfce-applications.menu ~/old-xfce-applications.menu

This saves the other file to “old-xfce-applications.menu” in your home folder, safer to do this than just outright delete.

Haven_McClure

Super awesome–that did the trick!!! Thank you so much! This thread should probably be marked as “solved.” I don’t think I can do that as I didn’t start the thread.

halogen2

You’re welcome! :KS

Shift+Alt+Click stolen

papalagi2

Hello everybody,

i’ve just installed the lovely Ubuntu Gnome 16.04, after a bit of tweaking everything works like a charm, there’s only one problem (for me a BIG problem)

i usually select multiple edge loop in Blender via the Shift+Alt+LMB combo, but looks like some function in gnome-shell steals the aforementioned combo

i’ve already disabled the Alt+LMB windows dragging

i really can’t figure out where to find the thief, any help?

cheers
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MATE 1.14 for Xenial (16.04)

QDR06VV9

Just in case you want to play…if you are happy with Mate 1.12 then just disregard this and This is for Xenial (16.04) only… or Yakkety (16.10) Development.
What’s new in MATE 1.14
http://mate-desktop.com/blog/2016-04-08-mate-1-14-released/

The headline changes in MATE 1.14 are:

Improved GTK+3 support across the entire MATE Desktop.
Full GTK 3.20 support in all MATE themes.
Client Side Decorated applications render correctly in all themes.
Completely ported MATE System Monitor and Mozo to GTK+3 only.
Touchpad configuration now supports edge and two-finger scrolling independently.
Python extensions in Caja can now be managed separately.
All three window focus modes are selectable.
MATE Panel now has the ability to change icon sizes for menubar and menu items.
MATE NetSpeed Applet has been merged into the MATE Applets package.
MATE Terminal support VTE 2.91 API when built for GTK+3.
Volume and Brightness OSD can now be enabled/disabled.
Translations are updated. Thank you to our team of translators!

The various components of MATE 1.14 are available for download here:

http://pub.mate-desktop.org/releases/1.14/

Upgrade to MATE Desktop 1.14.x in Ubuntu MATE 16.04

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/xenial-mate
sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Been using this for about a week now with no seen ill effects…your mileage may vary!
My Specs

$ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: me-Aspire-M3300 Kernel: 4.4.0-24-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.3.1)
Desktop: MATE 1.14.1 (Gtk 2.24.30) Distro: Ubuntu 16.04 xenial
Machine: System: Acer product: Aspire M3300
Mobo: Acer model: FRS780M
Bios: American Megatrends v: P03-B0 date: 11/16/2009
CPU: Quad core AMD Phenom II X4 810 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm) bmips: 20741
clock speeds: max: 2600 MHz 1: 1400 MHz 2: 1900 MHz 3: 1400 MHz
4: 1900 MHz
Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GF106 [GeForce GTS 450] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
Resolution: 1920×1080@60.00hz
GLX Renderer: GeForce GTS 450/PCIe/SSE2
GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 367.27 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 NVIDIA GF106 High Definition Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
Card-2 Creative Labs SB Audigy
driver: snd_emu10k1 port: e400 bus-ID: 04:06.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-24-generic
Network: Card-1: Marvell 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: c800 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: eno1 state: down mac:
Card-2: Realtek RTL-8100/8101L/8139 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
driver: 8139too v: 0.9.28 port: e800 bus-ID: 04:05.0
IF: enp4s5 state: unknown speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full
mac:
Drives: HDD Total Size: 2500.5GB (46.4% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000AACS size: 500.1GB
ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD20EADS size: 2000.4GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 452G used: 12G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-2: swap-1 size: 7.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: None detected – is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info: Processes: 211 Uptime: 3:55 Memory: 980.8/6974.8MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.3.1
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.2.35

Have Fun and Enjoy!:D
Regards
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kansasnoob

Thanks for posting this info. I’ll give it a whirl soon.

Omar_Jair

I was also wondering when will they add the gestures to the touchpad, by the way, will this replace the desktop or will i have to deal with a dual desktop login?

RobGoss

Already upgraded to 1.04 on one of my machines I don’t really see any difference as far a performances so I’ll just wait on doing it on my other machines

oldrocker99

Upgrading to 1.14 doesn’t add another desktop, but does upgrade your current desktop.

QDR06VV9

I was also wondering when will they add the gestures to the touchpad, by the way, will this replace the desktop or will i have to deal with a dual desktop login?
Whimpy (Developer for Mate) has hinted that things are going good…so we should see new things very soon.

Upgrading to 1.14 doesn’t add another desktop, but does upgrade your current desktop.
+1:)
I myself have only seen a bug or two but no show stoppers..IE: I had to use Dconf editor to remove the bottom panel…and some themes have a different look to them.

dennylockhart

Just installed it on my Dell Chromebook 13 (i5/8GB/256GB) using ‘crouton’ – it’s awesome! 😛
One question though: How the heck do I remove the ‘$USER Home’ launcher/icon from the desktop?

My System:

(xenial-mate)denny@localhost:~$ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: localhost Kernel: 3.14.0 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.9.x)
Desktop: MATE 1.14.1 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3) Distro: Ubuntu 16.04 xenial
Machine: System: GOOGLE (portable) product: Lulu v: Pilot
Mobo: N/A model: N/A Bios: coreboot v: Google_Lulu.6301.136.57 date: 03/28/2016
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-5300U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9178
clock speeds: max: 2900 MHz 1: 813 MHz 2: 813 MHz 3: 813 MHz 4: 813 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 driver: N/A Resolution: 1920×990
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.8, 256 bits)
GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Card-2 Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.14.0
Network: Card: Intel Wireless 7260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 01:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: up mac:
Drives: HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (11.4% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ZTC size: 256.1GB temp: 30C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 106G used: 17G (17%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda13
ID-2: swap-1 size: 12.15GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 42.8C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 280 Uptime: 1:33 Memory: 3801.2/7910.8MB Init: N/A Gcc sys: 5.3.1
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.461) inxi: 2.2.35

Thanx for all the hard work,
Denny

dennylockhart

I found out how to remove the ‘home-icon’ by installing `dconf-editor` – no worries.

How to set Keyboard Shortcut for moving windows across Monitor in GNOME?

YLTO

I just switched to GNOME 3 DE on ubuntu 14.04 . In unity, I could set keyboard shorcut on CompizConfigSetupManager/ccsm so that I could move windows from monitor 1 to monitor 2 with keyboard shortcut. But when i switched to GNOME, ccsm doesnt work anymore. How do I suppose to do it in GNOME?
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deadflowr

Gnome-shell has default keyboard shortcuts for this.
shift+super+arrow key

see: System settings >> keyboard >> shortcuts >> navigation

[Ubuntu MATE] Problems with changing max brightness

Stevenukas

Hello, having problem with max brightness on ubuntu mate 15.10, tried several tutorials, seems like I tried it all I can’t find for the past few days. Seems like the easiest solutions is to set sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/max_brightness to 250, now its 934. Currently I have xbacklight installed which helps me reduce brightness.

What I have accomplished so far, is to disable dim on idle screen, because that triggered max light and screen used to dim every few minutes, even though its set to 10. Any advice is appreciated. Any advice is appreciated.
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Part of desktop is hidden until I change resolution

zanardi

I’m running Ubuntu Gnome 15.10 and I have enabled icons on my desktop.

Immediately after login, part of the desktop icons are hidden; only the icons in the upper left part of the screen are visible (about 1/4 of the screen). The rest of desktop only shows the background image. I can clearly see a half cut-off icon in the middle of the page.

If I change the resolution, all icons are back.

Anything I can do to debug this issue?

Thank you in advance for any suggestion.

Please let me know if I have to provide additional informations.
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him610

If I change the resolution, all icons are back.
You just answered your own question. Make the change permanent.

Language problem in apps (all in squares)

Share_The_Pain

Hello people, i already tryed to check all the settings about language definitions but still the apps like vlc and spotify appear all in squares.

Im using xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS and my default language is portuguese.

Kind regards
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slickymaster

What exactly do you mean by “… appear all in squares”? Can you provide us a screenshot?

Share_The_Pain

http://s11.postimg.org/5kyin7p4j/Screenshot_12_02_2016_00_34_17.jpg

slickymaster

Are you facing that problem only with those two applications? I’m asking it because both use QT GUIs, not GTK+

Share_The_Pain

HUmm… sorry for the late reply, i just installed xubuntu and yes probably is that. Im gonna have a look if that package is installed. Thank you slickymaster!

Share_The_Pain

http://s8.postimg.org/lzwipd5mt/Screenshot_13_02_2016_00_18_44.png

I’m going to change language settings to Inglês to see if it changes the problem with the squares… :/

buzzingrobot

I think those squares show up when there’s a problem with fonts. That is, the app can’t find them, or use them for some reasons. Text in the panel and the window decorations is rendered correctly in your screenshots.

XFCE has one font setting, in the Appearances tool, I think. It’s probably set to Sans by default, which on Ubuntu releases maps to Dejavu. (The package is “fonts-dejavu”).

There is a tool — qt4-qtconfig — that allows setting a font family for QT apps, among other things. It’s in the repos.

slickymaster

I think those squares show up when there’s a problem with fonts. That is, the app can’t find them, or use them for some reasons. Text in the panel and the window decorations is rendered correctly in your screenshots.

XFCE has one font setting, in the Appearances tool, I think. It’s probably set to Sans by default, which on Ubuntu releases maps to Dejavu. (The package is “fonts-dejavu”).

There is a tool — qt4-qtconfig — that allows setting a font family for QT apps, among other things. It’s in the repos.

+1

Default font in Xubuntu is Droid Sans.

Error in running Rstudio Desktop on MATE desktop

ANKIT_HINSU

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, however, I am accessing it through remote desktop connection which uses MATE desktop. I have installed R and RStudio both. While R is running good through command prompt, RStudio is not. On opening RStudio an empty frame opens which will close in few seconds and the program stops running from the system. However, when i checked the same on the machine directly, RStudio is running fine.
So, is there any problem with running RStudio on MATE desktop? If so, is there any way how can I make it work?
Thanks in advance for help…
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Tweak tool

rosswmcgee

Running ubuntu 16.04 lts, Unity is fine, installed mate via synaptic, that went fine as well, installed mate tweak tool. When I click on tweak tool in mate control center nothing happens?

How to fix?
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QDR06VV9

What errors are reported from the terminal.

mate-tweak

rosswmcgee

$ mate-tweak
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module “topmenu-gtk-module”
Window Manager is: marco
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/mate-tweak”, line 1124, in
MateTweak()
File “/usr/bin/mate-tweak”, line 970, in __init__
img = theme.load_icon(sidePage.icon, 48, 0)
GLib.Error: gtk-icon-theme-error-quark: Icon ‘user-desktop’ not present in theme Ambiant-MATE (0)

QDR06VV9

$ mate-tweak
Gtk-Message: Failed to load module “topmenu-gtk-module”
Window Manager is: marco
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/mate-tweak”, line 1124, in
MateTweak()
File “/usr/bin/mate-tweak”, line 970, in __init__
img = theme.load_icon(sidePage.icon, 48, 0)
GLib.Error: gtk-icon-theme-error-quark: Icon ‘user-desktop’ not present in theme Ambiant-MATE (0)

Hi rosswmcgee I am sorry I got sidetracked yesterday:confused:
I can see no real reason for mate-tweak not to start but I have seen where Themes can cause such errors, maybe change your theme along with changing icon theme as well to check…and just stabbing wildly here. but a purge of mate-tweak and a reinstall might help.
See this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2307437
Sorry I have nothing relevant to offer here.:(