an easy way to waste a day

Yesterday gnome decided to cease to work with me login as usual. There were two different sets of beheaviour: either it took 5 min till I would be logged in, or it just would crash the xserver. Other users with gnome, and my user with xfce4 worked fine. After trying for many hours to solve the problem I finally started to rebuild my gnome setup from scratch. I basically did a

rm .dconf*; 
rm .gnome* 

started gdm again, and started to configure. Lesson learned.

What a waste of time