Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CentOS 5 top menu vanished after update

Well this is a tickler. After I performed an update on a CentOS system, the top menu pulled a Houdini on me. The panel was totally empty and non-responsive, save for the time.

This is a quick and easy fix, so don't panic. Just force the gnome panel to reload.

0. Login as root or sudo.
You should find the Terminal via right-click on the desktop. Thankfully.

1. Reload the gnome panel (forcefully)
killall gnome-panel

2. That's it!
The menu items should be return. If that didn't work, you might need further help.