Hey beloved community!

I really screwed up today, I was fooling around as root via terminal in the icons folder and I accidentally deleted all my icons. I was wondering, is it possible to reinstall the default Xubuntu 14.04 icons/themes? If yes, could anyone please share the terminal command for that? I googled my problem but couldn't find anything.. Gosh, lesson learned, never fool around while logged in as root!

I checked my trash bin, but unfortunately there's nothing in it.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Have a nice day!



sudo apt-get install --reinstall xubuntu-desktop

And see if that solves the issue.

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  • Thanks for the help, but unfortunately there are still no icons :-( . – LinuxScientist Jun 12 '14 at 12:53
  • @LinuxDudester, I took a look at this link where it suggests deleting your ~/.config folder. Try this: mv ~/.config ~/.config_old then reboot and see if that solves the issue. If it doesn't, go ahead and reverse that command – Mitch Jun 12 '14 at 12:57
  • No, unfortunately it doesn't work. I was asked to reboot. So I did, but after I log in there are still no icons, not even in settings -> Appearance -> Icons , boy I really screwed up, I'm afraid I have to reinstall the whole system :-( – LinuxScientist Jun 12 '14 at 13:03
  • @LinuxDudester try these steps: sudo apt-get install --reinstall tango-icon-theme tango-icon-theme-common. It appears that these are the icons that xubuntu actively uses when it installs for the first time. Packages xubuntu-icon-theme and xfdesktop4 look like promising candidates, as well. – Mitch Jun 12 '14 at 13:07
  • Thanks musher, almost all icons are back, except for "about me", "menu editor" and "theme configuration" in the settings manager. – LinuxScientist Jun 12 '14 at 13:11

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