Long story short; I have a debian system that's been running the
unstable tree for over a decade straight (through fire, flames, and multiple hardware upgrades, but that aside). However, a while ago while Debian was transitioning to gnome3 and the
gnome-shell desktop there were a couple of hitches in the process, and one or another of those left my regular user with an unusable configuration --
gnome-shell starts up and immediately crashes.
I tried setting up a completely blank new user, and everything runs fine for that one, so it's definitely an issue with a setting local to my main user somewhere... It's just that I have no idea where to start looking, and I don't want to blanket erase all configuration files because I kind of need the vast majority of them. So instead I'm looking to surgically remove all the configuration files and/or options that pertain to
gnome-shell and let it rebuild them from scratch when I start it, then work from there.
EDIT: My bad, slight naming fail. The problem seems to be in
gnome-shell rather than