My son installed the game Faster Than Light (FTL) from Steam earlier today.
After playing the game briefly he quit the game and then tried to quit Steam but kept getting a message that FTL was still running. (It turns out this is a known bug with the game on Linux which can be fixed by turning off the in game Steam community option)
I impatiently opened a terminal and issued a ‘shutdown now’ as a way to get him out of it.
Upon restart couldnt open Firefox which would crash immediately, same for Dolphin, same for Kate… could’nt use apt-get because of errors…
Launching from a terminal I saw errors about fonts so after a bit of research I found that there was a known bug with pango-graphite in Ubuntu 13.04+
After rebooting in safe mode and removing pango-graphite I was able to boot normally. FF & Dolphin were back to normal.
Apt needed a bit of surgery to get it happy again but Kate & Kwrite stubbornly would crash on launch no matter what I did.
Launching them from terminal I saw errors about missing files in kdepart.
Due to the huge number of KDE dependencies the only way I could get kdepart ‘refreshed’ was :
sudo apt-get install --reinstall kdepart
Now Kate is working again.
What a rigamorole…
I thought Linux was more robust than this?