Salvaging .cinnamon & .config from broken system not enough for recovery?

I salvaged .cinnamon and .config directories from $HOME on a broken system and put it into $HOME of a fresh install, assuming that should do it.
Alas, now I only got the changing background images, but no panel, no menu etc.
Ah, yes, the Welcome-window pops up.
Any idea what’s missing or maybe even wrong?
Thanks a lot, Michael.

Nice joke :laughing: . What you did was the wrong thing :wink: .

Create a new user and login to that.
Compare with the broken user account relevant folders, and merge one file/folder at a time.
I know it takes time, but I don’t think there’s an easier approach. :person_shrugging:

I hope the lesson is learned :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Glad, you enjoyed it! :wink:
Anyway, as I pointed out the original system is broken, i.e. the old FS is wrecked and not anymore.
Regarding configuration/preferences data, those two directories is what I could salvage.
The rest just gives I/O errors.
On a third thought, looking at the .cinnamon file-tree I’d try again with .config/cinnamon-session left out.
‘menus’ & ‘nemo’ in .config is hopefully ok…

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Here is a breakdown of what I copy from $HOME to capture and transfer my desktop settings under Cinnamon:

Thanks a lot for that!
So this is .themes and .local the copy has missing.
I can’t find .themes at another user’s $HOME. So that might not be the problem.
Meanwhile I managed to have mouse parms, background and hot corners transferred from the old config, but there’s no panel and no desktop context menu (right-click).
Let’s see what’s mergable … :roll_eyes:

After some poking around (which I don’t like) I ended up using dconf-editor.
It was no immediate help and it needs to be used very carefully to avoid contradicting settings etc.
So up to another search on the Net.
In a nutshell, the panel and its “entourage” (menu etc.) retained all my settings but the panel itself was missing.
<ctrl><alt>T brought up the terminal window (also with all its settings - yay!) and
/usr/share/cinnamon/cinnamon-settings/ panel
launched the panel editor from the shell.
There “Add new panel” (bottom) was enough to get the missing panel and all my settings back! :slightly_smiling_face:


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