I'm having a problem with Ubuntu 16.04. I used it for quite a while and then, after rebooting my PC for some reason the system has set a wallpaper to be a default one (and not the one I've set a long time ago), my usual keyboard shortcuts don't work, terminal looks like default (although I configured a theme for it), language pane is gone and the second language is gone. And the thing is, I can't change anything. When I try to apply changes, nothing happens. For instance: it tries to change Background, but when I close system settings window, nothing happens and everything remains the same. What can be broken, if I didn't change/install anything and just rebooted my PC?

  • Maybe your $HOME directory isn't available (any more). Try logging in from the console (ctrl-alt-F1); if there is some message like No directory, logging in with HOME=/, there is a problem with your filesystem or your user configuration.
    – ridgy
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 10:19
  • I tried to do that, it's fine. No messages you mentioned are being displayed. I can add that from time to time there appear some messages like "Sorry, Ubuntu 16.04 has experienced an internal error". Commented May 13, 2017 at 15:57

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Found a fix for this one! When I launched gedit using terminal I saw a warning: "GLib-GIO-Message: Using the 'memory' GSettings backend. Your settings will not be saved or shared with other applications." And then I remembered that recently I updated my GLib for Midnight Commander installation. Searched askubuntu and found this thread: My dconf/gsettings installation is broken. How can I fix it without Ubuntu reinstall? Top answer did the trick, so consider my problem solved.

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