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BlackCrowe 11-19-2010 10:11 AM

Desktop icons missing, right click doesn't work, Places-connect to network missing
Desktop icons missing, right click doesn't work, the Places menu is missing the "connect to server", " Network Servers" links.

Many things were done yesterday, uninstalled-reinstalled samba, uninstalled-reinstalled java, (had to do for patch releases to install properly) installed multiple patch releases so I'm not sure what caused the issue. Another user has the same issue with the desktop.

I'm still in a Linux learning process so if someone has a place for me to check or something to try I'd be grateful.

hughetorrance 11-19-2010 11:53 AM

You don't say what distribution you are using or what desktop... ? and stuff like that... LOL

BlackCrowe 11-19-2010 12:43 PM

Sorry. Using Redhat Enterprise Linux Server 5.5

arizonagroovejet 11-23-2010 10:08 AM

So I assume you're using GNOME. In which case sounds like maybe some nautilus packages are missing and/or nautilus isn't working properly. Whilst logged in try opening a terminal and typing.


$ pidof nautilus
If there is no output from that command nautilus is not running. In that case try typing

$ nautilus
and see what happens. Post any output here.

(Don't type the $ that represents your command prompt)

BlackCrowe 11-24-2010 05:38 AM

Yes I'm pretty sure it's GNOME

pidof nautilus returns
a blank line
nautilus returns
-bash: nautilus: command not found

Also did rpm -qa | grep nautilis


arizonagroovejet 11-24-2010 05:43 AM

In that case I suggest installing nautilus. Not sure what the relevant package is called in Red Hat Enterprise but it should be easy enough to determine. It might very well just be called 'nautilus'.

BlackCrowe 11-24-2010 10:02 AM

I went ahead and installed nautilus-2.16.2-7.el5.x86_64.rpm which did the trick.


arizonagroovejet 11-24-2010 10:14 AM

I just noticed your edit to your earlier post listing various nautilus related packages you had installed. This makes me think you should look for other packages that should be installed but aren't. The nautilus-whatever packages you list will have nautilus as a dependency. So if you were to ask for one of them to be installed and nautilus wasn't already installed, nautilus would get installed. That they were installed and nautilus wasn't means your dependencies were broken. Which is Bad. That situation should not have occurred.

I'm afraid I don't actually know how you go about verifying dependencies on Red Hat. on SuSE distros you can use 'zypper verify' which will check that all dependencies for all packages installed are actually installed. The closest I can see for Red Hat is 'yum deplist'. But I'm not convinced that's equivalent.

One trick that should work to make sure you have all dependencies for a package installed would be to forcefully remove it then ask yum to install it again.

$ rpm -e --nodeps nautilus-extensions
$ yum install nautilus-extensions

You obviously can't do that for every package though.

BlackCrowe 11-26-2010 07:23 AM

I got it working after installing "nautilus-2.16.2-7.el5.x86_64.rpm". Everything seems to be working ok now.

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