[SOLVED]Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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[SOLVED]Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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So after I installed dropbox, my menu disappeared from my panel. If i try to re-add it, nothing happens. When typing in matemenu i receive the following message :

/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gi/overrides/Gtk.py:50: RuntimeWarning: You have imported the Gtk 2.0 module. Because Gtk 2.0 was not designed for use with introspection some of the interfaces and API will fail. As such this is not supported by the pygobject development team and we encourage you to port your app to Gtk 3 or greater. PyGTK is the recomended python module to use with Gtk 2.0
warnings.warn(warn_msg, RuntimeWarning)


So far i've tried killing the panel, restarting it, restarting the computer, reinstalling mint-mate-meta, with no luck. Is there something i can reinstall or some config i can change to get this worked out?
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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try using the terminal and enter:

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mate-panel --reset
You will have to redo the other customizations afterward

The main Menu on the panel is called mint menu - Advanced Menu
If you right click an empty space on the panel and choose +Add to panel
then scroll down to the Advanced Menu applet.
It adds back in the wrong panel position and requires moving other panel items
to make a space for it where it belongs. So resetting the panel is quicker
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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I've already tried this, and it did not work
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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BaxterB wrote:I've already tried this, and it did not work
Did you try:

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mintmenu --reset
Also try creating a new user. In a terminal:

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users-admin
should get you into users and groups. Make a new user,
then logout and log back in as the new user. Is the Menu ok there?
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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mintmenu --reset didn't work.

When i created a new user the menu was there and working on that profile.
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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So that means all your packages are intact and the problem is in a configuration file in your /home directory.
btw the error reported in your first post is normal..
Have you installed any themes?
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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nope, I'm using the mint -y dark theme. What should i be looking for in my home folder to edit? It seemed to have disapeared after i installed dropbox
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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Well--you have a reference--the files in your new user /home directory work ok
the files in your normal user /home directory do not.
My best guess is the .config directory.
Try temporarily renaming that directory to something like .config.backup
It will get recreated on a new login--so Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to log out --
log back in and check things out.
You can revert the above by just deleting the newly created .config directory and renaming
.config.backup directory to .config.
It's a process of narrowing down to find the violating file
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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This worked! The only problem now is all the panel applets are missing (wifi, battery, dropbox). Anyways, thank you for this, i have a better understanding of how to troubleshoot stuff like this now.
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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Add them back in
Notification area, etc.
You do not use Windows list so skip that one. :wink:
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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I lost my top panel the other say and did a hard reboot and it came back.
Maybe the MATE team need to have a gander at this thread.
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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there may be permission issues first see if this outputs anything.

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find $HOME ! -user $USER -type f
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Re: Mate Menu gone, can't re add to panel

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Everything's finally all set and working! Thanks for the help everyone. :D

The final working solution was
1.) renaming the .config file to .configbackup
2.) rebooting so the system can auto generate a new fresh .config
3.) add folders back in from the .configbackup into the new fresh .config to find the problem file.
4.) After finding the problem file (mintmenus), removing it and then reconfiguring any lost settings.
5.) ENJOY a fresh non buggy system! (unlike my previous 2 month battle with Ubuntu 16.04 + Unity)
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