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Fedora 20 post installation issues (languages, system icons)

asked 2013-12-22 04:31:13 -0500

Shai Efrati gravatar image

updated 2013-12-28 00:02:26 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Dear all, I installed Fedora 20 a few days ago (i'm using my Fedora 18 home directory which contains also my FC18 setttings) on my Dell Latitude E5410. It seems to work well (i feel it is a bit slower than FC18, but never mind that, i needed an upgrade). Since yesterday - i can't switch languages (us-en, il-he) though they are configured in Gnome, my laptop's volume buttons have no effect, i can't change the screen brightness and i have no battery indication. I can say that i remember the languages, the volume and the battery icon worked immediately after installation.

Any ideas?



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Have you checked that the shortcuts are configured as you expect in Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts?

jcuenod gravatar imagejcuenod ( 2013-12-24 14:41:46 -0500 )edit

Sorry - just saw your answer. Yes, i did check it. The shortcuts work, but they won't change the language.

Shai Efrati gravatar imageShai Efrati ( 2013-12-25 05:45:17 -0500 )edit

Are any of them dependent on language specific keys (e.g. alt+"ק" or something may give issues on an English layout)? Have you tried changing the shortcuts (it's possible that they are being captured by some other app and the conflict hasn't been picked up)? I know that with Wayland, the way keyboard layouts are handled is changing so your issue may be related.

jcuenod gravatar imagejcuenod ( 2013-12-25 09:16:04 -0500 )edit

No. It's the default Super+Space. Anyways - i made some advancement - i created a new user and it doesn't suffer from these issues. Do you know where gnome-shell keeps its settings? Thanks!

Shai Efrati gravatar imageShai Efrati ( 2013-12-26 03:42:21 -0500 )edit

It depends what settings you are looking for. dconf-editor springs to mind but you should definitely install gnome-tweak-tool if you haven't. It's odd that a new user would not have the same issue...

jcuenod gravatar imagejcuenod ( 2013-12-26 08:58:10 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-12-26 18:59:31 -0500

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updated 2013-12-26 19:05:14 -0500

Hi, Don't worry:

From a Terminal:


yum -y install system-config-language


Chose your language ;)

Install all Gnome desk...

yum -y install @gnome-desktop
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answered 2013-12-27 02:33:16 -0500

Shai Efrati gravatar image

thanks davidva - unfortunately i can't find the option to comment on your answer, so i'll write it here.

i re-installed gnome-desktop as you suggested, but that didn't help either. i still can't get a different language than English (though i do have Hebrew well defined) and i can't see the battery icon or play with the volume or brightness.

All the functions mentioned above do work at the new user i installed, so i'm sure it's a user-specific issue and not a general system problem.

What do you think should be the next step?

I thought that elapsing the user configuration would help, but i can't find the files...


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su -c 'sudo nautilus' and surf and copy in /home/<username> to /home/<my_new_username>

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2013-12-27 23:07:50 -0500 )edit

I am completely forgot read it:

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2013-12-27 23:10:48 -0500 )edit

thanks davidva. I don't want to run over all my settings again. Can you point me to the directories that suppose to hold the gnome-shell settings? i will then copy them from the new user. Thanks!

Shai Efrati gravatar imageShai Efrati ( 2013-12-28 02:58:31 -0500 )edit

OK. Weird as it may sounds, now my new user is also not really functioning as i want it to. The only thing that seems to work is GDM - where i can switch languages and see my battery charging status. Any ideas? Thanks!

Shai Efrati gravatar imageShai Efrati ( 2013-12-28 14:29:35 -0500 )edit

Does anyone know how can i use the working settings from GDM into my users? Thanks!

Shai Efrati gravatar imageShai Efrati ( 2013-12-30 13:18:42 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-12-28 00:00:44 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

As @davidva suggests, create a new user and copy your files over. It's because of the settings that you've got left over from previous installations.

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OK. Now i created a new user. Its settings works well. Then i copied the .config/ and .local/ directories into my user home folder, and... nothing. It didn't work. Any idea where should l look?

Shai Efrati gravatar imageShai Efrati ( 2013-12-31 17:52:05 -0500 )edit

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