Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have installed ubuntu 13.10 and installed gnome shell for looks.. For complete gnome experience I removed ubuntu settings using terminal and then installed gnome shell and restarted.. Now my display is showing a black screen with crossed cursor.. I thought to format my system but I have installed too many packages and I don't want to lose them. What should I do? Please help, thanks in advance.

share|improve this question

This command will delete your configuration files. It will reset all the settings. You will not be able to undo this!

Press Ctrl+Alt+T and run these commands:

  • For Gnome 2

    rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity
  • For Gnome 3

    rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity .cache .dbus .dmrc .mission-control .thumbnails ~/.config/dconf/user ~.compiz*
share|improve this answer
But sir all is showing is black screen can't open terminal – akki Nov 18 '13 at 10:37
Use ctrl+alt+f1 enter username and password and then run this command – Null pointer Nov 18 '13 at 10:44
Nothing happened where am i mistaking. Says abc@abc-desktop: are there spaces between dots or any other comand to get old ubuntu setting's package back as i had commanded sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-settings – akki Nov 18 '13 at 11:12
just copy paste the commands and it should reset all your gnome settings.. – Null pointer Nov 18 '13 at 11:56

solved using terminal and giving command,

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

By this way i got the recent gnome setting which was not deleted by the system just removed then using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktops.but still don't know how to exit terminal after pressing ctl+alt+f1 first time used this command thanks for the suggestion anyway

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.