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Old 11-07-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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Question I messed up - The Desktop Disappeared PLEASE HELP

Hi I recently saw a clip on youtube with someone running a hack that allows a xscreensaver to be run as a desktop in root. These are the terminal commands I ran:

gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false

/usr/lib/xscreensaver/glmatrix -root

OK So the Desktop disappeared and icons disappeared and I can not right click the desktop anymore as it is not loading!! I tried to re-instate with this command:

gconftool-2 –type bool –set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop true && nautilus

Which did not work - same problem black desktop no icons!! So I tried a variation of the command above:

gconftool-2 –type bool –set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop true

nautilus &

And still no joy. Im a bit stumped as to what to try next please cold somone assist with this. Is this because I am not doing it under root, should I add sudo before the command and enter my power user password??



Last edited by kai_summers; 11-07-2007 at 09:02 AM.
Old 11-07-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Its sorted now

I got adventurous and thought I would try the command with sudo to run as root power user, this has solved my problem.




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