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elempoimen 11-21-2004 10:47 PM

KDE rearranges desktop icons
Ok, this is getting annoying. Running KDE 3.3.1 on Mepis (Debian unstable)...

Everytime I log off and back on, the desktop icons are rearranged. Is this a big deal? Well, not entirely...but it's a usability thing. What can I do to stop it.

I've tried saving the dice.


SirSlappy 11-22-2004 02:00 AM

When you find out, let me know :-)

It's a pain in the arse.

elempoimen 11-22-2004 07:18 AM

My sentiments, exactly.

valerie_tux 11-22-2004 02:01 PM

It all started with 3.3 and here is one of the many bugs I found on
Hopefully this one gets resolved soon

Present 11-22-2004 02:16 PM

Try this....

it is only a work-around, but a simple one. i have had the same problem on a Yoper installation (only installation i have using the new KDE).

1. Right-click desktop.
2. Icons
3. Make sure only "Align to Grid" is checked.
4. Organize all your icons how you like them.
5. Repeat steps 1-3 except UNSELECT "Align to Grid"
6. Log out and back in and see if it works.

the problem seems to be the alignment process. i select "Align to Grid", organize the desktop, then immediately turn it off. that solved it here.

hope it helps,

i do like the new kde by the way though ;-)

elempoimen 11-23-2004 09:14 PM

Thanks for the tips. Nope, didn't work....although last time I rebooted things weren't *quite* as messed up...only my trash can was moved, so I guess we're gaining. :)

jsmarshall85 11-23-2004 09:31 PM

dumb question - inst mepis a bootable distro? or one that runs off the cd? if so, how can you store any changes? or am i thinking of knoppix?

elempoimen 11-23-2004 09:36 PM

Mepis is an installable live cd. I'd say that it easily gives Knoppix a run for it's money. Basically, it's meant to be used either way. It's a live cd *meant* to be installed, if desired. It's probably just about the best Debian distro out there. It's worth your time...

jsmarshall85 11-24-2004 07:49 AM


Originally posted by elempoimen
It's probably just about the best Debian distro out there. It's worth your time...
you mean besides the original, right? ;)

elempoimen 11-24-2004 09:05 AM

Well, yeah. ;) This is certainly more userfriendly...and a whole heckuva lot quicker to install. You answer about 4 questions, then you're can walk away. All the power of Debian...none of the work.

jsmarshall85 11-24-2004 09:42 AM

ahhh, very cool. hope you figure it out. i havent really noticed that but i'll keep an eye out for it.

Present 11-24-2004 07:41 PM


well all the computers i've installed kde 3.3 have moved the icons around until i unselected all the automatic icon options. then they stayed put.

i wonder if permissions might have gotten messed up in your home. that is the only other thing i can think of that might prevent you from writing so it takes old data to layout the desktop.

hmm, maybe a guru can help us here....

elempoimen 11-24-2004 07:46 PM

It's not old data. It's random data. There's no rhyme or reason to the layout. I only have limited success with deselecting the automatic options, as well.

Present 11-24-2004 08:33 PM

hmm, i wonder if automated display settings might affect it? i noticed on my wife's notebook that all the icons will move a pixel or two when i move one of them after an icon size change.

have you tried to replicate the problem on different hardware or different installations? if you can find a way to replicate the problem consistently on any hardware etc, then you can help the developers greatly.

elempoimen 11-24-2004 09:38 PM

I'll see what I can come up with. I do believe that it has something to do with automatic settings, although I just can't seem to come up with anything consistent. It has happened to me on different versions of KDE (3.2 and 3.3.1) as well as different distros. (Mepis primarily, though.)

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