I am a total Linux newbie. I know .01% of all needed to know knowledge about things. All I do is google to find commands I need to do what small amount of things I have done so far.
I was feeling adventurous and wanted to see what will happen if I tried LXDE desktop. I have Sparky Linux 5.8 SparkyLinux 5.8 MinimalGUI 32 bit (i686 non-pae). It worked then I decided I didnt like LXDE. I wanted Openbox back. Since I didnt like LXDE I did not find the need to keep it installed. I know we can just log out and log into another desktop manager but it would be a waste of hard drive space to have something I don't use sitting around.
after I installed LXDE I did sudo apt autoremove...then uninstalled it did sudo apt autoremove.
Reinstalled Openbox...then did sudo apt autoremove
Now the error. I know the desktop manager is the place to configure the date and clock. I suppose maybe I shouldn't have messed with it. Now how do I make desktop preferences work again? :(
Just in case:
Quote$ inxi -Fr
Host: ddejr-pc Kernel: 4.19.0-5-686 i686 bits: 32 Desktop: Openbox 3.6.1
Distro: SparkyLinux 5.8 (Nibiru)
Type: Portable System: Dell product: Latitude D610 v: N/A
serial: <root required>
Mobo: Dell model: 0M7181 serial: <root required> BIOS: Dell v: A06
Topology: Single Core model: Intel Pentium M bits: 32 type: MCP
L2 cache: 2048 KiB
Speed: 1067 MHz min/max: 800/1733 MHz Core speed (MHz): 1: 1067
Device-1: AMD RV370/M22 [Mobility Radeon X300] driver: radeon v: kernel
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: ati,radeon
unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1024x768~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: ATI RV370 v: 2.1 Mesa 18.3.6
Device-1: Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW AC97 Audio driver: snd_intel8x0
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.19.0-5-686
Device-1: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:15:c5:0f:bd:58
Local Storage: total: 55.89 GiB used: 7.16 GiB (12.8%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Toshiba model: MK6026GAX size: 55.89 GiB
ID-1: / size: 54.76 GiB used: 7.16 GiB (13.1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 4167
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
1: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main contrib non-free
2: deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main contrib non-free
3: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian-security/ buster/updates main contrib non-free
4: deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian-security/ buster/updates main contrib non-free
5: deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster-updates main contrib non-free
6: deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster-updates main contrib non-free
7: deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org buster main non-free
No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list
No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/liquorix.list
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky-stable.list
1: deb https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ core main
2: deb-src https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ core main
3: deb https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ stable main
4: deb-src https://sparkylinux.org/repo/ stable main
Processes: 123 Uptime: 52m Memory: 1.97 GiB used: 690.1 MiB (34.2%)
Shell: bash inxi: 3.0.32
Run APTus and reinstall openbox with it.
As much as I wanted to say reinstalling Openbox helped. It didnt. Still saying "Desktop Manager Not Active" selecting Desktop Preferences. I logged out and back in and have selected Openbox.
The menu entry came with PCManFM but works with LXDE only.
So... ignore it or install other file manager such as thunar, and remove pcmanfm.
That explains it. I'll mark this solved. LXDE only.