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Old 10-28-2003, 01:44 AM   #1
harry93
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Can't find Desktop Preferences in Gnome 2.4


Hi

I am using red hat 9.0 and gnome-desktop 2.4. I would like to get rid of my desktop icons but still have a background image. I know I can get rid of the icons by stopping Nautilus from starting up at login but then I can't get a background image. Apparently I can use Desktop Preferences to set a background image but I can't seem to find it. Is it part of gnome-desktop? Is there a "better" way to get rid of the icons, one that won't make me lose my right click function on the desktop?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 04:24 PM   #2
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"I would like to get rid of my desktop icons "

Right click on the icon name and then click on delete.

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Old 10-29-2003, 02:13 PM   #3
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Sorry, should have been more specific. I want to remove the Trash and Home folder from the desktop.
 
Old 10-29-2003, 05:08 PM   #4
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" I want to remove the Trash and Home folder from the desktop."

If you cannot get rid of them by right clicking on the icon name then try this:

Copy the /home/user/.gnome/.gnome-desktop/Trash and /home/user/.gnome/.gnome-desktopHome directories to someplace safe within the user tree. Then delete the two directories. If this does not work as planned then you can copy the backups to their original position.


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Old 11-07-2003, 04:49 PM   #5
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Thanks jailbait. I have updated to gnome desktop 2.4 and this directory has disappeared. I have even tried searching through the filesystem for Trash and harry's Home but can't find them. I guess they really don't want you to remove these two icons. Must be a way around though.....
 
Old 11-07-2003, 05:26 PM   #6
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"I have even tried searching through the filesystem for Trash and harry's Home but can't find them."

I have not upgraded to gnome 2.4 yet. I understand that the gnome long range strategy is to do as much configuration as possible with XML files. So if Trash and harry's home are not on the file tree then my guess would be that gnome has defined them using XML in some config file and then somehow sets them up at initialization time. Just a guess. If that guess is correct then you should be able to delete them using one of the many gnome configuration programs (or perhaps gnome 2.4 consolidated the config progams, I don't know)

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Old 11-08-2003, 01:12 AM   #7
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Why dont you use xv to set the desktop after stopping nautilus? Heres a script to do so.

#!/bin/bash
image=$1
if [ -x /usr/bin/X11/xv ] && [ -e $image ]
then
/usr/bin/X11/xv -maxp -quit -root $image
fi

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Old 11-09-2003, 05:38 PM   #8
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How do I find out which params in GConf I need to change in order to get rid of the desktop icons? I tried disabling trash under desktop-gnome-url handlers but this did not have the required effect.

Thanks.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 06:16 PM   #9
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It's all sorted out. After a little bit more looking I found what I was after in apps-nautilus-desktop. Thanks for the help.
 
  


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