Help!!! My desktop contains icons for deleted files. How do I fix this?

Peter Williams pewtas at
Tue Aug 12 04:49:37 UTC 2008

Hi Nils & All,

2008/8/12 Nils Kassube <kassube at>

> Peter Williams wrote:
> > The subject says it all. On my desktop { /home/user/Desktop folder }
> > there are icons for programs & files which I moved to the Trash.
> > However, the power went off and the pc lost power. When the power was
> > restored - I now still have the icons on the desktop, but if I click on
> > them (eg to open them) I get a message that the file cannot be found.
> > (eg the icons are on the Desktop but the point to non-existant files!)
> On an empty desktop press the space bar, then one of the icons should be
> highlighted. With the arrow keys navigate to one of the icons you want to
> remove and then press shift-del. You should be asked to confirm if you
> want to remove the icon. After the confirmation you can navigate to the
> next icon etc.

Sorry ... but your suggestion did not work. I am unable to select the icons,
and so I cannot delete them in the usual way. I think that my
/home/user/Desktop folder is probably corrupted !?!

When I use Konquerer to explore the /home/user/Desktop folder I only see one
(1) file... named "Xlogo.desktop" -- it is a valid file. It's a shortcut to
a .jar file (Sun Java 6) and it is the only valid file (e.g. it's the only
file which actually belongs on the desktop). The other 6 files on the
Desktop don't appear in the Konquerer view of the Desktop folder.


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