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Old 03-03-2002, 03:11 AM   #1
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Gnome desktop problem

I hope I am a refreshing change around here because although I'm a Linux newbie, I've already figured out a lot and my question should be easy. Ok, when I start Gnome, my desktop is gone. There's no icons and I can't get any menus when I right-click. I looked at all the running processes, and I noticed one that said:

nautilus --nodesktop

(or maybe it was: nautilus --no-desktop)

Anyway, I know nautilus is supposed to build Gnome's desktop, so went into a terminal and entered

nautilus - q

to quit nautilus. I then restarted it and the desktop came back. My questions are

1. What would make nautilus start with the --nodesktop option?
2. How can I fix it so it starts up normally when I start up Gnome.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-04-2002, 01:09 PM   #2
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nautilus preferences, no desktop

nautilus does not have to run the desktop for gnome, it is an option. nautilus just does a prettier job at it than does gnome by itself. anyway, that is where the -nodesktop option comes in. you can change this by going to the preferences menu in nautilus, go to the Windows and Desktop option and click on the box that says "use nautilus to draw the desktop"

hope that does it for you.

good luck


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