Removing DEs

asked 2015-02-28 15:20:56 -0500

BatYaz gravatar image

updated 2015-02-28 19:27:39 -0500

mether gravatar image

I am well aware that Fedora is a part of the you're-too-dumb-to-be-a-super-user group, and usually, I don't have any issues not being able to get something done in a regular or admin user account, but this is a first.

I'm trying to remove two of my DE's and I thought to just remove the .desktop file because it's a lot riskier to uninstall them completely (openbox and gnome). Reason being, both of these don't work and are a waste of space on my desktop as of now. The error I got, in so many words. (design update?? hopeful thinking) image description

So back to the issue at hand, When I go to my file and try to remove it, I don't have the option. I tried on the terminal as well as gui. I haven't had the reason to go to a different runlevel yet as i'm not that confident right now in the middle of a highly stressful semester, but i'm considering all options. Using Fedora 21 on a 64 bit.

Any kind of insight is welcome. Thanks guys.

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I don't know if this will help, but that useless message is part of Gnome, not Fedora.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-02-28 16:19:40 -0500 )edit

Can you be more specific about what files or packages you removed? I think putting them back should resolve the problem, then we can move on to telling you a better way to remove the packages (or not, they don't take up much space :P )

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-03-01 01:13:40 -0500 )edit

Yeah, I just ended up doing a fresh reinstall After a lot of poking around, I saw that I edited the wrong css file for gnome, and I did not make a copy (I KNOW. SMART) before I edited. I logged on using the terminal, because at one point I could not get to the login gui, but it took me right back to this butt-hurt smiley face. Thanks for the help guys. And sideburns, it did help.

BatYaz gravatar imageBatYaz ( 2015-07-20 13:15:24 -0500 )edit

Point being, if you're going to flip around with gnome config and css files, make a backup. Lesson learned.

BatYaz gravatar imageBatYaz ( 2015-07-20 13:18:46 -0500 )edit

If it was system files, you could have done rpm -Va to list package contents not in their installed state, then reinstalled those packages. If it was user files, you could have created a new user.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-07-20 19:24:52 -0500 )edit