Whenever I log into Ubuntu(10.04), I get the following error.

GConf Error:

Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash. See http://projects.gnome.org/gconf/ for information. (Details - 1: Could not send message to GConf daemon: Connection is closed)

My start menu and bottom panel have gone missing. How do I re-configure it?


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I've found the solution and now it is working fine. All of my desktop apps were back and there were no error messages during reboot.

I issued the commands:

mv .gconfd/saved_state .gconfd/.saved_state

pkill -x gnome-session

(see ubuntuforums)


see this forum thread and see if any of the fixes help:


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