I have a Linux home desktop , which I have recently shifted from CentOS 7 to Rocky Linux 8.4 Green Obsidian. I used the minimal installation DVD.
I was previously using Gnome Classic, and I much prefer that interface. In CentOS 7, at the login screen, we had the option of choosing the desktop environment, using a gear icon (before sign-in button) like shown in this link https://i.stack.imgur.com/YIUew.jpg
I am not sure that the one I am asking for -namely the Gnome Classic is in this link above that I have posted.
I can’t figure out what is to be done. I am not aware of where to start?
Do I need to create account to use that .cfg file?
Do I need to reinstall Rocky 8.4?
I have only used CentOS from 2013-2018, after which I had to (imagine that) switch over to the abomination that is W10.
Its only last year that i got access back to my centos workstation, but felt that it was time to switch to a modern OS after Rocky 8.4 assured of support till 2029.
Long story short, I never needed to tinker around my CentOS, had nice helpful IT-admins who would play genie, much less used github or other tools to build software, so I am kind of new to this.
Please suggest ways to get around my problem, like you would explain an average 12 year old (added the disclaimer to avoid protests from precocious 12 year-olds).
Come to think of it, your explanation can possibly go into the README.md for the uninitiated whom I represent.
Funny it says it’s already there on my system. Quoting the message:
“Package gnome-classic-session-3.32.1-14.el8.1.noarch is already installed.
Nothing to do.
To answer your question,
yes, I did/do have password enabled login
I used cat on /var/lib/AccountsService/user/$user and it took an inordinately long time to display results.
Surprisingly there was no entry for Xsession - at all. I added the whole line. I was expecting it to be having XSession=gnome
There are two more entries in the file apart from what is shown at Configure a user default session. After adding the XSession line to the file, cat command yields,
Hope this anomaly (of missing XSession field) can be explained to me - and more importantly if it is serious, can be tackled accordingly.
Thanks again @tjdoyle you have been great help.
Yes, the cog was visible when i had rebooted the system. Interestingly enough, it is not available if I unlock the system after locking it. Perhaps this is expected.
Regarding fsck, maybe I dont understand how mounting works, but top quote the link shared, " n order to run fsck , you will need to ensure that the partition you are going to check is not mounted."
From the looks of your message previous message, you wanted to check the partition on which Rocky is installed. If I unmount this - how will I even run the fsck command? I mean can i unmount the partition on which my OS - only OS in this case is installed?
you mean, this command if issued, will have to be followed by reboot? Or can I continue working and it will perform the check at next reboot after I am done for this session.
I will be away for a while - maybe a couple of hours