On Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 08:19:09PM -0000, 'awokd' via qubes-users wrote:
> On Wed, March 7, 2018 6:59 pm, hyperfekt wrote:
> > While trying to reinstall some templates my dom0's application menu just
> > broke, with every .desktop file gone. I wanted to document how to fix this
> > for others - use this command:
> >
> > sudo qubes-dom0-update --action=reinstall $(rpm -qa | grep 'qubes\|xfce4'
> > | grep -v 'template\|kernel')
> >
> >
> > What it does is the following:
> > Get a list of installed packages,
> > filter for those of Qubes or xfce, filter out any templates or the kernel,
> > and then reinstall them.
> >
> > This should restore all the desktop files and with that your application
> > menu.
> Could you provide more details of what exactly you did when it broke? Like
> Qubes version, if you're on current or testing, what VM/template you're
> using as your UpdateVM, what template you re-installed and how, etc. Could
> be something worth filing as an issue, especially if multiple people are
> hitting it.

This problem (and it's solution) crops up many times on the list. So
there's an argument that it should reach the FAQ.
But it also shows a problem - that people dont search (and research)
problems before posting. (I exclude OP from this because s/he found a
solution for themselves.) Many times you'll see problems raised that are
covered on the list or in the docs, or could be solved with a minor
The list could be treated as a cumulative source of knowledge - the
proposed userspace on github could incorporate such things. I'm just
worried that it will be yet another place that people dont look.

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