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Old 11-05-2004, 06:38 PM   #1
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quick xfce question...

hi all,
i am running xfce4 on a fc2 system (vanilla), and i am having a really frustrating problem. I thought it would be cooler to have a lighterweight de than kde or gnome, and xfce was included with fc2, so i thought i would try it out.

its been pretty nice so far, but the other day i had a strange problem. desktop icons appeared on my desktop...

i didnt put them there, they just arrived. and for the life of me i cannot figure out how to get rid of them!

anyone know xfce enough to lend me a hand?

Old 11-06-2004, 12:58 AM   #2
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They were probably put there by nautilus. If you started Nautilus, it draws the desktop icons and its own backdrop. Then, if it didn't close properly it would leave the icons on your desktop.

If you must use Nautilus as a file manager (can't see why you would want to, XFFM is better), start it using "nautilus --no-desktop" and it won't draw the icons.

Try typing "ps -x" to see if Nautilus is running, and then you can kill it and the icons will go away.

I hope this helps
Old 11-07-2004, 12:21 PM   #3
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thanks, as it turns out it was nautilus. i figured it out earlier just ps -A and starting killing processes that didnt need to be running. don't remember when i started nautilus, but that did the trick!
thanks for the help! (once again, and again, and again, and again, ...)
this is really a great site...


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