Adding home folder/trash can to desktop + plea for simplicity

Nils Kassube kassube at
Sat Dec 10 22:21:32 UTC 2011

Janos Dohanics wrote:
> While trying to set up KDE 4.7.2 (Kubuntu 11.10 AMD64) some seemingly
> simple tasks turned out to be not so straightforward.
> One of these was to add the home folder and trash can to the desktop.
> After some poking around I figured out that this can be accomplished
> by:
> - Switch to Application Launcher
> - Highlight Computer in the menu
> - Right click on Home/Trash
> - Add to desktop
> That was simple!
> Then, I changed the number of desktops from 2 to 4 (my everyday OS is
> FreeBSD, and I have 4 desktops there - I think that's the default
> there).
> Adding 2 more desktops though made the home folders and trash cans
> disappear.

Obviously you also enabled the option "Different widgets for each 
desktop". If I don't enable that option the icons don't disappear.

> Repeating the above procedure to add these items had no effect,
> though. Did it again - nothing.
> Then, switched to another desktop - and there were 3 home folders!
> Finally, I figured out that performing the above procedure on desktop
> #1 will add the items to desktop #2.
> What works then is (for my 4 desktops): do the procedure on desktop
> #n to get the effect on desktop #n+1 - except procedure on desktop #
> [highest number] to get the effect on desktop #[lowest number].

I can confirm that strange behaviour. It looks like a bug to me. I also 
tried it with a Kubuntu 12.04 daily live CD (from some time last week) 
with KDE 4.7.3 and it is still the same behaviour. Is it the same on 
your FreBSD system?


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