Linux – Gnome 3 application Icons disappeared


I edited my main menu settings (unchecked items inside a sub menu) when it happened that the window freezed and all entries on the left side disappeared (Office, System, Settings, Games, …). I didn't think much about it, but when I restarted my computer all application entries in my menu and my favorites (quickstart bar on the left side) were gone. When I go to activities -> applications I just see the "All" entry without any items to click on.


is an empty file and


has the folowing content:

  PUBLIC '-//freedesktop//DTD Menu 1.0//EN'
    <MergeFile type="parent">/etc/xdg/menus/</MergeFile>

I also looked into the files under /etc/xdg/menus. They look like template files without any reference to actual installed programs.
I assume that due to a bug it deleted all my menu settings. Is there any way to restore at least the default menu? Or are there any other places to look for my old configuration?

Best Answer

Whenever I bork a config file I just use ctrl+alt+f2 to kill x and drop to command line and then I remove the config file and restart X.

Gnome3 will then create the default config file.

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