On Wed, March 7, 2018 8:36 pm, Unman wrote:
> 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
> search. 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.

If multiple people are experiencing something unexpected like their dom0
application menu getting wiped on a template reinstall, doesn't that make
it a bug/Issue even if a work-around is available? Looks like it is
already a known issue, though:

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