I messed up both my
.local/ directories*. I had no idea these were so important! Tried restoring from backup but just got a useless error message about it doing being able to perform the restore.
So I restored to a
tmp/ directory, and then tried copying the restored version over: e.g.,
cp -r tmp/.local ~ ...but this didn't work. All my stored passwords were gone...tons of things don't work anymore.
I've been slowly re-adding settings and passwords, etc, but some things just don't work anymore, period, e.g. no Gnome Shell Extensions will install anymore (they just say "ERROR"), and I've never been able to re-add my Online Accounts for Google and MS Exchange to Gnome (the operations just hang or produce errors), and instead just have to use the web browser for everything.
Short of a completely new OS reinstall and overwrite, can anyone offer any suggestions?
One thought I'd had was that my
cp from backup command didn't preserve the proper permissions, so maybe retrying the copy with
-p or something would help, but at this point I'm worried about making things worse if I try anything new.
*did this while trying to get rid of the error messages always popping up in Evolution about not syncing with Google Calendar