When I installed Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection via Ubuntu software center, I noticed some of the newest puzzles were missing. So I decided to get the source files and compile them myself. I uninstalled the collection and downloaded the appropriate tar.gz file from the creator's website.
When I tried
make, I got many error messages and I found out I was missing some libraries. I went on installing lib-gtk-2.0 (I think) and my first compilation ever on linux was a success.
I didn't have any decent shortcuts on the appropriate subfolder on the gnome menu (I'm using UNE), so I used
alacarte to attach the correct images to the shortcuts.
The first thing I noticed was that the other user accounts didn't have the shortcuts as well. Also, all games suffered from the same problem. Whenever the user opened the system menu in any game, that menu remained drawn forever on the window.
I didn't like that at all, so I decided to only keep the puzzles that were missing form the original collection and reinstall the rest from Ubuntu software center. I though I would at least have most of the games behaving correctly. Therefore, I used
alacarte again to delete the "common" shortcuts. After the installation though, I wasn't getting any of the shortcuts on the gnome menu (other user accounts had them correctly), so I decided to delete alacarte's configuration files found inside
~/.config/? (I'm not in front of an Ubuntu-running computer at the moment, so I can't tell for sure).
Now my user account profile is broken. When I log on, the top (and only) bar is not loading at all. I don't want to mess up the profile further so I decided to stop here and ask for help. How to restore the top gnome bar missing and have my shortcuts working correctly from now on? Deleting and recreating the user account is not an option.
Sorry for the long story (I believe it was necessary to explain the steps I took in order to help others help me). Kudos to the guy who can also tell me why the system menus didn't work correctly when I compiled the games myself.
I'm also missing the windows title bars and borders around. Also the z-order of the windows cannot be changed (Gnome is not bringing the active window in front). Finally, under "Files & Folders" no shortcuts are not working (I'm getting the message "No application is registered as handling this file").