Control Centre not opening in Linux Mint 16 (Mate)


Arch Parsons

My Control Centre does not open after upgrading Mint 15 to 16. I also need help enlarging the partition for this OS. Should I reinstall or install Mint 17 from DVD? I am using this copy of Mint as the control OS for a complex multiboot system.

1) How did you upgrade?

2) Have you tried the Terminal? Connect to the Internet and use the following commands one-at-a-time.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Any result/breakages?
I wasn't permitted to post links from the installation.
Fetched 204 kB in 5s (35.6 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
arch@arch-System-Product-Name ~ $
Fetched 2,568 kB in 1s (1,609 kB/s)
Preconfiguring packages ...
(Reading database ... 282259 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace libssl1.0.0:i386 1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.3 (using .../libssl1.0.0_1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.4_i386.deb) ...
De-configuring libssl1.0.0:amd64 ...
Unpacking replacement libssl1.0.0:i386 ...
Preparing to replace libssl1.0.0:amd64 1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.3 (using .../libssl1.0.0_1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.4_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement libssl1.0.0:amd64 ...
Preparing to replace openssl 1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.3 (using .../openssl_1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.4_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement openssl ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up libssl1.0.0:amd64 (1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.4) ...
Setting up libssl1.0.0:i386 (1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.4) ...
Setting up openssl (1.0.1e-3ubuntu1.4) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
arch@arch-System-Product-Name ~ $
arch@arch-System-Product-Name ~ $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
arch@arch-System-Product-Name ~ $

I did not see any errors or mention of breakages.

Control Centre still does not open. I don't know how likely this is to become a problem in the future. Are there other ways to access the various settings normally accessed via Control Centre? I don't specifically need Control Centre for anything at this moment. I notice that in some other distros there is nothing specifically called "control centre." BTW, there are also problems with Software Manager in that most of the categories listed do not bring up any of the programs available in that category. Is there a way to "clean up" the installation, by getting rid of possible unnecessary files.
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What happens is you try to remove it entirely and install it again?
sudo apt-get purge mate-control-center
sudo apt-get install mate-control-center
Unknown media type in type 'all/all'
Unknown media type in type 'all/allfiles'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/mms'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/mmst'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/mmsu'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/pnm'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/rtspt'
Unknown media type in type 'uri/rtspu'
Setting up mate-control-center (1.6.1-1+petra) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
arch@arch-System-Product-Name ~ $
I should point out that this fixed the issues I had with Software Manager as well. Thanks again.

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