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Old 12-16-2003, 08:47 PM   #1
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Gnome desktop icons stopped working


I broke it real good this time.

For some reason the Gnome desktop icons for one of the users on this RH9 box stopped working.

By "stopped working", I mean that when you click on them nothing happens. Actually, that's not exactly correct... the icon can get focus, but no action results when you click on it. It also won't let me delete it.

I checked in the properties of the icon and they seem to be the same as the same icon on other users' desktops. Also, it allowed me to change the icon graphic, but again, it won't allow me to drop it in the trash.

Does anyone have any hints as to how I may have dumb-thumbed this?

Thanks in advance...

Bill
 
Old 12-16-2003, 09:38 PM   #2
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Maybe check that the permissions relating to the files (icons) on the desktiop and the desktop directory are correct for that user, if it still dosnt work, use fluxbox, you dont need icons.

Dave
 
Old 12-20-2003, 02:45 PM   #3
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Use KDE.

Also, open up the menu editor, and make a small change, nothing big and then save it, I have found that works to restore things back to normal.
 
Old 12-29-2003, 11:04 AM   #4
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I found the answer!

A while back I installed Midnight Commander on my system. For those of you who are not familiar with this application, it is basically the same as Norton Commander which you may remember from the old DOS days.

Anyway, what happened is that I created a shortcut on my desktop to Midnight Commander. When I did that, I inadvertantly made MC my default application... which means that everything on my desktop that did not specify an application tried to open with MC.

Unfortunately, no output was generated (that I know of) to indicate this was going on. Until I tried to open my Network Servers folder, that is. When I clicked on one of the systems in the folder, it came up with an error message that informed me that MC couldn't open it. That's how I stumbled upon it.

 
Old 12-29-2003, 12:01 PM   #5
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good job, Thanks for posting how to fix that as well.
 
Old 12-29-2003, 02:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for your earlier suggestion, too.

Bill
 
  


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