Monday, 13 January 2014

Reset the XFCE Desktop on Mint Maya

every so often I attempt something crazy and mess up the fvwm on my XFCE desktop.  This will result in the Window manager misbehaving and it doesn't matter if you logout or reboot because it faithfully saves the settings and restores it.  Here is how you get rid of the messed up settings

First, attempt to clear the cache.

cd ~;rm -rf .cache

This should hopefully clear out the problem once you log out and log back in.   If that doesn't work we have to take more drastic steps.  This involves resetting all your desktop configurations and settings.  Personally I hate it as I have a fairly customized destkop with various window manager settings, panels etc., and this step will make you lose all of them.

cd ~;rm -rf .config

This should clear out all the desktop settings and you should be able to see the old mint desktop back in action.

Hope this helps.