I installed an Icon theme with elementary tweaks, I guess it was broken because the settings force closed, wingpanel disappeared and most of my apps won't start anymore... Right now I can only open firefox and the terminal... Is there a way to either delete the broken icons folder, or change the icon theme through the terminal?

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Good thing Terminal still works :) Open it and paste the line

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'elementary'

The default icon theme should now be restored.

  • If you go to settings -> about there's a 'reset to defaults'button.
    – rasmus91
    Commented Oct 11, 2019 at 20:56
  • @user3801839 if his icon theme is broken, I believe the System Settings would be borked as well. But yes, that button restores everything to default, if you're able to get to it.
    – Vlad
    Commented Oct 12, 2019 at 11:07
  • Thanks! Was very lucky with the terminal, this worked!
    – EddoWagt
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 12:18
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    @EddoWagt You're welcome! Now please mark the question as answered, so that others that encounter this issue can find the answer quickly. Just curious, what was the broken icon theme you installed?
    – Vlad
    Commented Oct 13, 2019 at 14:27
  • @VladPop I installed ePapirus. The problem is not the icon pack itself, but it got corrupted while extracting the package
    – EddoWagt
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 13:17

The reset to defaults is in the about menu in Administration.

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    Commented Oct 12, 2019 at 11:21

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