I did a fresh install of ubuntu 11.10, then proceeded to install gnome-shell.

Worked wonderfully until I did a sudo apt-get upgrade...

Now logging into either GNOME or UNITY sessions, I am presented with login sounds and a blank nautilus desktop. No icons, no window manager, no panels, just my wallpaper.

Is there a way to diagnose the problem?


@Jorge: I'm able to use ALT+CTRL+DEL to bring up the logout dialog (no window manager) but PRNT SCRN does NOT respond with any screenshot dialog.

Here is an output of my .xsession-errors

closed as too localized by Jorge Castro, Marco Ceppi Oct 22 '11 at 15:01

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  • Can you take a screenshot? – Jorge Castro Oct 17 '11 at 22:17
  • I ended up reinstalling ubuntu and doing the updates BEFORE installing gnome-shell, – beanaroo Oct 22 '11 at 13:58

Your sudo apt-get upgrade may have crash while updating your packages, making your system unstable. You may want to try this :

sudo dpkg --configure -a

And this :

sudo apt-get install -f

You should probably update again your packages after that :

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

And then restart.

If you still have the problem, check if any PPA that you have might cause the problem.

  • Thanks for the response, Nyamiou. Unfortunately no change. will busy checking repositories. – beanaroo Oct 19 '11 at 15:39
  • Reverting to original repos didn't seem to have any effect. looking at logs shows a lot of DBus errors regarding names not specified in .service files. not sure if it's related. – beanaroo Oct 19 '11 at 15:48

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