After I upgraded to 11.10, I made some mistake which totally destroyed Unity(I'm not sure at all what I did). I deleted all the configuration files that I knew of, and now at least it will start, but it's using the Raleigh theme and the Gnome icon theme. I can't do anything to change it in Gnome-Tweak or Appearance settings. The problem isn't just limited to unity; it affects Gnome, too. If login to the guest session, everything is fine.

The themes, theme engines, and icon themes are installed.

Note: I have tried everything, and no answer on this site has fixed my problem, including this one

So is there a way to reset everything back the way it was, but still keep my bookmarks, passwords, and application settings?

unity --reset doesn't work.

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    possible duplicate of How do I reset my Unity configuration? Oct 30, 2011 at 20:27
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    The question you linked to is not exactly relevant to your case. BTW have you changed your theme in the appearance settings back to Ambiance?
    – RolandiXor
    Oct 30, 2011 at 20:30
  • @brunopereira81 it isn't a duplicate.
    – bntser
    Oct 30, 2011 at 20:39
  • @RolandTaylor Yes, I have changed it back and forth to all the themes. Also, the question I mentioned is very close to mine, but the solutions don't work for me.
    – bntser
    Oct 30, 2011 at 20:41
  • See this. Doesn't seems to have a solution : askubuntu.com/questions/70572/… Oct 30, 2011 at 21:11

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Since login to guest works nice why not create a new user, backup your files in to the new user account, delete the old user?


As far as I know, everything in linux is a file. Therefore, this should be enough to reset gnome :

rm -rf .gnome .gnome2 .gconf .gconfd .metacity

After removal, log out, and back log in.

  • Are you sure there isn't any personal data stored in those directories? Oct 30, 2011 at 21:14
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    @StefanoPalazzo As far as I know, no (but I am not sure). Bookmarks for firefox is in ~/.mozilla. Similarly, other applications have their own directory in the home directory. Some KDE applications have their configurations in ~/.kde directory, like for example kdevelop. Oct 30, 2011 at 21:17
  • @StefanoPalazzo I don't think so.
    – bntser
    Oct 31, 2011 at 0:57

After a lot of trying things out, I backed up my .config folder, created a new account, and replaced my config folder with the new one.

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