[CentOS] Ailing MATE desktop

Wed May 6 00:25:11 UTC 2020
Robert G (Doc) Savage <dsavage at peaknet.net>

On Tue, 2020-05-05 at 10:32 -0600, Frank Cox wrote:
> On Tue, 5 May 2020 05:30:26 -0400
> Eddie O'Connor wrote:
> > Are there .conf files for the desktop?....what about
> > logs?....something's
> > got to be amiss somewhere....and Linux always complains when it
> > is.....in
> > logs. Just wondering out loud...
> What happens if he sets up a new user?  Does the desktop work then?


For some reason I didn't get Eddie O'Connor's message. If there are
.conf files they're hiding pretty well. And as I said, systemctl -ex,
journalctl, and dmesg don't show any errors. If you search for
"troubleshooting MATE desktop" I think you'll be disappointed in how
little help there is. I guess that's to be expected of a desktop that
"just works".

Yours is an excellent suggestion. If the new user works, the problem
would be a fault in my account's configuration. If not, then it's the
MATE system.

So I created a new user "test", reset the machine, and logged into the
MATE desktop as the new user. Unfortunately I see the exact same

I'm about ready to run "dnf erase *mate*" and try re-installing MATE
from scratch from the GNOME3 desktop. Is that possible without ripping
the heart out of C8 by deleting other critical packages?

--Doc Savage
  Fairview Heights, IL