Installed alacarte menu editor, deleted "Install Elementary OS" icon, now when I try to search for an application, it crashes. I also did an & upgrade, so that may have caused it too perhaps.

Which logs should I paste here for help? I found a bug report here but no fixes yet. Except deleting vim.desktop from ~/.local/share/applications which didn't exist for me. However I did delete ~/usr/share/applications/vim.desktop, which did nothing. Oh and I had like 5 desktop files in that same dir for chrome, delete all them, did nothing.

  • Maybe the problem is that you are using a live cd??
    – Maccer
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 16:04
  • possibly, but I didn't have these problems before. Some other issues with live cd (well, persistent live usb built using mkusb) I've resolved ie wrong sources.list entries and some other odds & ends - but otherwise it works great! Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 6:37
  • I don't think elementary OS is made to use it as a live usb with persistence... Yes, the option is there, but I don't think the devs have put many interest on making it work as a full installation. Personally I'd recommend you to install elementary instead of using a live usb. It takes like 4Gb of space on your disk. I'm sure that with a 10Gb partition you could run it fine and install some apps that you need. This is not the answer to your issue, but maybe it solves that problem as well!
    – Maccer
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 11:53
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    I am actually facing the exact same situation. Deleted an entry with alacarte and now the wingpanel crashes when I try to search for an app. Please help!
    – ugachmaaz
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 23:58

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This worked for me:

mv ~/.local/share/applications ~/.local/share/applications.temp

I eventually removed the applications.temp folder.


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