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#1 2013-02-23 14:45:52

ch_123
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[SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

A few days ago, after installing some updates (I believe gnome-themes-standard was amongst them) and restarting, I found that the contents of my home folder were displayed as icons on my desktop, and when I go into Activities mode, the background is black. Searching around hasn't turned up any results... any ideas?

In case there's any potential graphics related issues wrt the blank background, the system is a laptop with a HD3000 GPU in a Core i7 CPU.

Last edited by ch_123 (2013-03-04 10:00:07)

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#2 2013-02-23 14:57:26

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Re: [SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

You can probably remove the desktop icons by opening dconf-editor and going to org.gnome.desktop.background. Once there, untick show-desktop-icons and restart the Shell.

I don't know about your other issue though, have you tried with another theme?

EDIT: The issues are related; my background also just went black. Just untick the above option, re-set your wallpaper and finally restart the Shell; that did it for me.

Last edited by Unia (2013-02-23 15:35:30)


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#3 2013-02-23 16:02:04

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Re: [SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

I had tried that one, but that box was not checked. I tried checking it, restarting Gnome Shell, unchecking, restarting Gnome Shell again,  but no joy. Re-picking the wallpaper image didn't do anything either.

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#4 2013-02-23 17:24:48

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Re: [SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

In that case, I am out of ideas. Perhaps an old file somewhere in $HOME is causing this behaviour; you could try checking that.


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#5 2013-02-25 12:23:52

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Re: [SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

Weird, the problem went away after I took the laptop out of suspend, but then reappeared when I restarted it.

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#6 2013-02-25 13:22:24

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Re: [SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

Fixed, turns out that Nemo was responsible.

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#7 2013-02-25 13:39:53

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Re: [SOLVED] Contents of home folder on desktop in Gnome Shell

D'oh!

Could you please mark the topic [SOLVED] as well? Just edit the first post and change the title wink


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