Ubuntu – Systems Settings is completely empty


I have been running Ubuntu 14.04 for some while with no problems. I've not knowingly changed anything, but all of a sudden none of the icons in system settings are showing. When I load system settings, the system settings window appears, and the "All Settings" button shows in the top left corner of the window…but nothing else – no icons at all. Any ideas?

I tried to run gnome-control-center from a terminal window. I got the same window appear with no icons, but the following error message appears on the terminal:

** (unity-control-center:25620): WARNING **: Could not load control center menu: Failed to look up menu_file for "/etc/xdg/menus/unitycc.menu"

Looking in the above directory, I have only one file: gnomecc.menu, but no unitycc.menu

I tried to create one by doing "sudo ln -s gnomecc.menu unitycc.menu"

Now, I get a window with some icons but not all that should be there. I just get icons for: Language Support; Security & Privacy; Printers; Firewall Configuration; Landscape Service; and Software & Updates. Normally there are a lot more than that.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Best Answer

Try this:

Open command line (Ctrl+Alt+T) and enter this command:

  1. sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-control-center
  2. It will prompt you for password, enter your password.
  3. Once it's done, check if the system settings has been properly installed and whether the stuff is back. Reboot if necessary.
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