Often times I blog about topics because I want to make sure I have a record of an issue and how I resolved it. This is one of those times.
As discussed last week, I recently made the switch from Debian to Arch Linux. The biggest draw for me was to get the latest GNOME (GNOME 3.28 at the time of this writing), which I upgraded to and then ran into issues.
Specifically, any GNOME settings I tried to run would either crash without showing anything or would show up for a brief moment and then lock up hard.
Upon further investigation, and by investigation I mean running the GNOME settings app from the command-line with the verbose argument:
This revealed some timeout error while registering the app:
Failed to register: Timeout was reached
Not entirely sure what that means, so I figured maybe it had something to do
with the fact that I had removed some of the apps that came installed with the
gnome meta package. Shit like
epiphany which I
don’t use and figured I didn’t need.
gnome package in it’s entirety was no help.
If reinstalling didn’t help, maybe removing the package entirely and installing it fresh would be the solution.
Only problem is that I’m still somewhat of a noob to Arch and I wasn’t sure what
the Arch equivalent of
apt remove --purge was.
Fortunately Arch has killer docs and I settled on
-Rto remove the package
-nto purge the configuration files
-ddso it would remove itself but not the things that depended on it (i.e. the rest of the
gnomeapps I had installed)
So I did that, then followed up by reinstalling the package with
Rebooted and everything was back in business!