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Old 05-15-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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KDE icons on Gnome Desktop and visa versa

I'm sure I'm not the only person to be having this issue, but I can't seem to come up with a specific enough search criteria to narrow it down to something useful.

When I go from kde to gnome, my kde icons (the desktop links specifically) show up, iconless and non-functional in my gnome desktop. I can delete them, but when I return to kde, I have to create new drive, cdrom, floppy etc. icons. When I go from gnome to kde, the same thing happens - I have a non-functional gnome Start-Here and home with no themed icon on my kde desktop.

This has been happening since kde 3.2 and gnome 2.4. It happens in my updated SuSE 8.2 and every slack-current install I have done (4 or 5 different computers).

It seems KDE and Gnome are now sharing a desktop config file even though the icon links are incompatible.

Is it possible to make these 2 desktops live together in peace? (without going iconless on the desktops) I generally use KDE or XFce4 but I like to try gnome too and this makes it a pain.


Sorry if this is often asked I can't find it
Old 05-15-2004, 03:59 PM   #2
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Icon muddles

I think the problem is that both KDE and Gnome use the same subdirectory in your home directory for storing desktop data. Gnome and KDE might create some files when you first use them, e.g. Gnome's Start Here button. These files are then being displayed by KDE.

Out of interest, why are you switching between window managers so often?
Old 05-15-2004, 07:40 PM   #3
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I don't really switch often. In fact I don't really like Gnome at all - but I want to. I like the GTK apps much better than the kde equivalents. I use AbiWord, Gnumeric, Gaim, Pan, Evolution, Epiphany, blah blah. Gnome, and Nautilus in particular, have always killed it fore me. So, when there is a new release I like to check out the improvements - give the foot another chance to win me over.

I realize that this is not a big deal. What bothers me is that it never used to happen and now, since KDE 3.2 it seems, this is happening and I would like to find a way to make it stop beacause I'm anal-retentive and knowing something isn't quite right bugs me.

I agree with your ideas - I had assumed as much. I was hoping to identify the gnome or kde script responsible and hack one of them to store desktop settings in a different location. I thought perhaps someone had shared the same issue and could keep me from re-inventing the wheel, but it appears I may be on my own.



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