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Old 03-18-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Question "/root/Desktop" folder missing in Slackware 13.1

Hi All,

Another newbie question - sorry:

I have installed Slackware 13.1 on a system because I want to see how it does on some software that was developed on Slackware 12.0. The software apparently has some hard-coded directories in it and it is looking for "/root/Desktop". On the 13.1 install the /root is there, but not the /Desktop. If you copy a file to the desktop on the system, it just goes straight into /root.

I installed it using the KDE Windows management. Is there another window management selection I should have made that will give me the /Desktop folder? Or maybe some other way? I think on Slackware 12.0, the install let you pick "Redmond Windows" or something like that, but I didn't see that in the 13.1 install.

Any guidance would be appreciated.

Old 03-18-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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Not sure about your immediate questions, or why the directory was not created by default, but if you want the directory then perform the following:

su -
{enter root's password}
mkdir Desktop

Typing the dash after the su command ensures the su command changes to root's $HOME directory and does not stay in the current directory with the user's permissions and environment variables.

The fact that your program is hard-coded to and wants access to /root/Desktop probably will get a few people excited.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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There is no default Desktop directory created in root when installing Slackware. You can create it or you can as you discover run KDE.
Old 03-21-2011, 06:23 PM   #4
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Hi All,

Thanks for your replies. I created the directory myself and the software was able to be installed, though the icons don't show up on the desktop in KDE (however that doesn't matter as long as it runs ),

Best regards,


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