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Old 07-29-2003, 12:52 PM   #1
ereeno
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Talking help a newbie customize the desktop


hello all

i'm running Mandrake 9.1 with the KDE desktop and i'm having some trouble customizing the icons on my desktop. when i right click and go to properties, and then click on the icon to try and change it, i get an error message saying that i do not have sufficient access to write to that file. does this mean i need to be in root mode to customize my desktop? this seems weird to me.

also, how would i go about making an icon that will launch commands that i specify? like a batch file in windows.

thanks for any and all help!!
 
Old 07-29-2003, 01:57 PM   #2
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It sounds like your icons are owned by someone other than you. Maybe check around in /home/your_account/Desktop to see what going on in there.

For making an application start with an icon, right click on the desktop and select "Link To New Application". From there just enter the app you want to run or the path to that app. Also, select the cool icon you want.


Good Luck
 
Old 07-29-2003, 02:06 PM   #3
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i think i may have made some of the links while in root mode or something.

but i tried remaking them using your method and it works like a charm!! thanks a lot!!
 
Old 07-29-2003, 02:26 PM   #4
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Hi ereeno

You can use the KDE Control Centre to customise your desktop - including - icon sizes - fonts - font sizes - background image - colour etc etc etc.
 
Old 07-29-2003, 03:37 PM   #5
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look here for lots of extra's.

If you get yourself extra icon's and put them in the right file/directory

right click>link to application>the first box is for the icon name>left click the default icon and you get the dialogue to select the icon you want>OK>execute tab>the execute command to start the app i.e. opera is opera, realplayer is realplay and so on

Is this what you're after ???

regards

John
 
Old 07-29-2003, 04:24 PM   #6
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yes, that was what i was looking for. i was trying to link a bunch of stuff to my desktop, including an rdesktop connection. i wanted to execute it all at once with the arguments for username, password, ip address etc, and was tired of doing it from command line.

the advice here worked like a charm!!

but of course, it always leads to a bigger question...

what if i wanted to execute multiple lines? i know they have these built into linux, files with multiple lines, each a command, that, when "run", those commands will be run as if you were typing them in one by one.

just like a batch file in windows.

how would i go about doing this??
 
Old 07-29-2003, 06:19 PM   #7
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Try this....

Make a shell script with all the commands you want to run. Make the script executable then make an icon link to that.

Good Luck
 
  


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