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    i messed up : taskbar is gone

    sry, my 2nd problem (it's a bigger one),

    hopefully in the right subforum. use fedora 29 kde (the first day) and played around with the taskbar below, which is a widget. i wanted a taskbar only with symbols, without text.

    so i clicked on "alternatives".

    then something went wrong - now the taskbar is gone (including clock, application starter and so on). an empty window. so i dragged the widget "windowbar without icons" towards the former taskbar, but i can't make it "a long taskbar" (it remains a small square application). this is also true for the application launcher.

    how can i now restore the original state of the" taskbar" below?

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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    I don't use KDE, but in most cases just right clicking on anything in a panel/taskbar will bring up a menu. What you would probably be looking at in that menu would "preferences", or "properties" to change the configuration.

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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    ... there are a lot of options to adjust the widget by right-clicking, but none that will restore the widget to its original state & i didn't find anything in the many main settings themselves...

    edit: ... i had no choice but to reinstall. it was my failure. is there something like timeshift for fedora? it's essential to backup - especially for new users who want to customize their os.
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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    Quote Originally Posted by noemata
    ... there are a lot of options to adjust the widget by right-clicking, but none that will restore the widget to its original state & i didn't find anything in the many main settings themselves...

    edit: ... i had no choice but to reinstall. it was my failure. is there something like timeshift for fedora? it's essential to backup - especially for new users who want to customize their os.
    timeshift is an option but when restoring you need to temporarily set SELinux to permissive mode as per this thread:

    https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/que...pin-timeshift/

    an alternative when you screw up a user profile is to create a new one, login to that instead, then copy the .config files from the home directory across to the broken profile. log out of the new profile back into the old one and it should be fixed. then remove the new profile (or keep it just incase you need to do the same again).

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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    thx antikythera,

    i used timeshift after all the new fine tuning. as next step (tomorrow, it's deepest night here and i should finally sleep), i will use your further recommendations. and somehow it has to be possible to backup/copy the whole system 1:1 .

    finally, everything runs stable, no comparison with other distros i tried. and finally - not ugly. good work.

    ps: is it normal to have so many partitions (another question, another topic, i know..) in fedora (pic) ? and when i boot - in and press esc, i have my uefi (ok) and 2 fedora - bootloaders of the same name. hopefully i don't messed up anything during my two installs.

    good night.

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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    yes, the number of partitions and EFI boot menu entries is normal. in fact, the image I attach is based on the RHEL recommended layout that I use across all my systems regardless of distribution. The reason I do that is because I have a standard backup method using rsync (the daemon timeshift uses).


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    ok, thx for the info so, the 2 fedora - bootloaders of the same name are normal too. well, i would like to add the "solved" flag to the thread, but i don't find it. i'm gonna take a closer look at your link.

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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    Planning for rapid recovery
    =======================
    I do not yet run a server. For my disk layout, see below my /etc/fstab. By the way, I sometimes use different formats for an fstab entry. Generally I use either UUID= or PARTUUID=. Sometimes I try alternate formats.
    Rather than letting anaconda leave /var under /, To reduce xfs partition compresses, I us a separate ext4 partition for /var. Except for the swap file, the / directory is formatted as xfs, and every other fstab entry is an ext4 type partition. I highlighted my major difference with the layout shown by Antikythera.
    Code:
    #<file system>                                <mount>   <type>   <options>                  <dmp pass> <xref>      <label/uuid>
    PARTUUID=eef599d0-9b23-4187-a9a7-29cd8ef8c81e /         xfs      defaults,noatime             1  1     #/dev/sda1  sda1Pslash
    UUID=33efc187-e2cb-4e36-ac25-fc5c7223e1e3     /backup   ext4     defaults,noatime,noauto,user 0  0     #/dev/sdb2  sdb2Backup
    /dev/sda5                                     /boot     ext4     defaults,noatime             1  2     #/dev/sda5  sda5boot f26fc58b-3b27-4135-a094-d7102a6ff8a4
    UUID=fd2665e1-2620-4215-b1e7-06c1f6dd869f     /home     ext4     defaults,noatime             0  2     #/dev/sda8  sda8home
    UUID=9ea9424e-6ef5-42ec-8582-02684664923a     /junk     ext4     defaults,noatime,noauto,user 0  2     #/dev/sdb10 sdb10junk
    UUID=dc4e691c-5245-4283-9a1e-74983d4180d9     none      swap     defaults,noatime             0  0     #/dev/sda7  sda7swap
    UUID=7a3c702b-f021-49d1-944a-885480cca5c0     /scratch  ext4     defaults,noatime             1  2     #/dev/sda3  sda3scratch
    UUID=2833efb4-05f1-4183-935f-38e620eb85de     /scratch1 ext4     defaults,noatime,noauto,user 0  0     #/dev/sdb1  sdb1Scratch
    UUID=0463d52d-54e7-46e8-8cc3-7b9fb4eb3990     /var      ext4     defaults,noatime             1  2     #/dev/sda6  sda6var
    UUID=dc4e691c-5245-4283-9a1e-74983d4180d9     none      swap     defaults,noatime             0  0     #/dev/sda7  sda7swap
    The above table is formatted by a program I wrote and which is freely available.
    /scratch1 is an rsync copy of /scratch, performed when there were /scratch changes
    /backup is a biweekly backup of /home, /scratch /junk is for ISO downloads that I evaluate and usually discard.

    My /scratch is common to all my stand-alone Linux installations
    My home directory appears as:
    Code:
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   20 Dec 13 20:15 bin -> /scratch/leslie/bin/
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   23 Jan 31 22:23 Desktop -> /scratch/leslie/Desktop
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   14 Jan 31 22:26 Development -> /scratch/Devel
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   25 Dec 13 20:10 Documents -> /scratch/leslie/Documents
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   25 Dec 13 20:10 Downloads -> /scratch/leslie/Downloads
    drwx------. 6 leslie leslie 4096 Sep 24 19:14 Dropbox
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   22 Dec 13 20:11 Music -> /scratch/leslie/Music/
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   24 Dec 13 20:12 Pictures -> /scratch/leslie/Pictures
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   22 Dec 13 20:12 Public -> /scratch/leslie/Public
    -rwxr-xr-x. 1 leslie leslie 2344 Jan 28 17:30 taskbar.dconf
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   26 Dec 13 20:13 Templates -> /scratch/leslie/Templates/
    lrwxrwxrwx. 1 leslie leslie   22 Dec 13 20:14 Videos -> /scratch/leslie/Videos
    My hidden files .config, .cache .local, etc are all stored within the $HOME they are interface specific.
    If I need to recover, I do the following:
    sudo mv $HOME $HOME/bak
    sudo cp -ra /etc/skel $HOME

    I run a script to remove the local directories and createthe softlinks (shortcuts) to the ones shown.
    At almost any time, within 10 minutes of starting, I have recovered my setup as it was last night at the last backup

    Refer to the use of resume=UUID (grub.cfg and /etc/Default/grub) and the second swap file reserved for hibernate.
    Leslie in Montreal

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    Re: i messed up : taskbar is gone

    Quote Originally Posted by noemata
    ok, thx for the info so, the 2 fedora - bootloaders of the same name are normal too. well, i would like to add the "solved" flag to the thread, but i don't find it. i'm gonna take a closer look at your link.
    No, You should have only one entry titled "Fedora". You can easily remove the extra entry/entries using efibootmgr though. Here is what happens to create the Fedora entry.

    Code:
    $ sudo ls /boot/efi/EFI/BOOT/
    BOOTX64.EFI  fallback.efi  fbx64.efi
    All three files above are installed by Fedora, the shim-x64 package. The file highlighted in bold appears in your UEFI boot selection looking something like this:
    Code:
    EFI HDD Device (TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075)
    If you select that entry, a new "Fedora" entry will be generated. Select it 87 times and you'll have have 87 Fedora entries, really. From my uefi laptop:
    Code:
    $ sudo efibootmgr
    BootNext: 3005
    BootCurrent: 0005
    Timeout: 0 seconds
    BootOrder: 3000,3001,3005,2001,2002,2003
    Boot0000* Windows Boot Manager
    Boot0001* EFI HDD Device (TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075)   <==selecting this will generate a new Fedora entry
    Boot0005* Fedora
    Boot2001* USB Drive (UEFI)
    Boot2002* Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive (UEFI)
    Boot3000* Internal Hard Disk or Solid State Disk
    Boot3001* Internal Hard Disk or Solid State Disk  <==corresponds to Boot0001* above
    Boot3005* Internal Hard Disk or Solid State Disk
    There is a case from the past in the forum where one user had well over a 100 "Fedora" entries.

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