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I was playing with VLC skins downloaded from And now,I think, My VLC is bricked. It shows this error message on terminal:

[0x1b15f08] skins2 interface error: no skins found : exiting.

I don't wanna reinstall it either.

~$ vlc

VLC media player 2.0.8 Twoflower (revision 2.0.8a-0-g68cf50b)  
[0xd6df08] skins2 interface error: no XML found in theme /home/amol/Download/  
[0x7ff4e801d8f8] xml xml reader error: XML parser error (line 1) : Document is empty  
[0xd6df08] skins2 interface error: no skins found : exiting

please help...

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May I suggest you go to the Ubuntu Software Center (or Synaptic Package Manager if you prefer), search for VLC, and completely uninstall it? Then reinstall it. This will take less than five minutes, and is easier than editing the VLC configuration files.

If you won't uninstall/reinstall VLC, then open a terminal emulation window, do

sudo rm ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc

and close the window.

Then, reopen VLC.

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I don't wanna reinstall it.Isn't there any command or something which lets me reset VLC?? – user259975 Mar 19 '14 at 17:26
are you suggesting me to fully uninstall VLC? – user259975 Mar 19 '14 at 17:41
Thanks...It works :) – user259975 Mar 19 '14 at 17:45

The command you are after is:

vlc --reset-config

Run this from a Terminal window....

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I you need to change the skin of vlc, after copying files to /.local/share/vlc/skins2 simply go to preference and click at use custom skins.Then simply save and restart do not need to choose any folder,when vlc will restart you will see that now skin is changed.Also you can change to other skins by going to change skins options in menu now.

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