Apps Not Opening via Menu/Some Terminal

Hi All- I’m not able to pin down precisely when the cascading failure occurred, but this past week in particular nearly every app fails to open via Menu, and some not at all. LibreOffice only opens via Terminal, Synaptic not at all, Tor not at all, Pluma/Terminal, Firefox/Terminal, etc.,

I’m three-months new to Linux so my troubleshooting skills are rather limited - any help would be mucho appreciated (even point me in a direction of advanced troubleshooting for linux distros). Shotgunning Chown doesn’t seem to be working

I’ve associated my acct with FireJail, I’m a sudoer, checked permissions on files, removed/reinstalled apps, updates galore, etc.,


4.19.0-parrot4-28t-amd64

Debian ParrotOS Security/MacOS Fusion


JournalCtl: (I think this is the most relevant log output I know how to query)
May 19 14:43:38 parrot org.mate.panel.applet.BriskMenuFactory[1173]: Error: cannot create /run/firejail/profile/5913
May 19 14:43:53 parrot org.mate.panel.applet.BriskMenuFactory[1173]: Error: cannot create /run/firejail/profile/5917
May 19 14:44:01 parrot org.mate.panel.applet.BriskMenuFactory[1173]: Error: cannot create /run/firejail/profile/5920
May 19 14:44:21 parrot org.mate.panel.applet.BriskMenuFactory[1173]: Error: cannot create /run/firejail/profile/5923

I installed ParrotOS Sec via VMware fusion.
First login was root then created my current user account.

“associated”=sudo firecfg (simply as a troubleshooting measure)
(sudo apt-get update && sudo apt full-upgrade)

Additional context…

Clicking on Firefox or Pluma or MATE-Calc, for example, results in different behavior.

Firefox & Pluma will showing “starting ‘appname’” in bottom panel.
MATE-Calc will do absolutely nothing

well that’s a nice dagger into my otherwise competent approach to this OS.

But really, you’re a peach for isolating this logical potential cause for my woes. Thank you!

Very interesting about VMware… now, I’m gonna do some reading.

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