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I edited my main menu settings (unchecked items inside a sub menu) when it happened that the window freezed and all entries on the left side disappeared (Office, System, Settings, Games, ...). I didn't think much about it, but when I restarted my computer all application entries in my menu and my favorites (quickstart bar on the left side) were gone. When I go to activities -> applications I just see the "All" entry without any items to click on.


is an empty file and


has the folowing content:

  PUBLIC '-//freedesktop//DTD Menu 1.0//EN'
    <MergeFile type="parent">/etc/xdg/menus/</MergeFile>

I also looked into the files under /etc/xdg/menus. They look like template files without any reference to actual installed programs. I assume that due to a bug it deleted all my menu settings. Is there any way to restore at least the default menu? Or are there any other places to look for my old configuration?

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Whenever I bork a config file I just use ctrl+alt+f2 to kill x and drop to command line and then I remove the config file and restart X.

Gnome3 will then create the default config file.

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I deleted the whole "~/.config/menu/" folder and it recreated everything, even my quickstart bar is back. Thank you very much! – robin.koch Oct 26 '13 at 9:45

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