Ubuntu 19.04 ".desktop" no longer working!?

Gunnar Hjalmarsson gunnarhj at ubuntu.com
Mon May 27 18:29:18 UTC 2019

On 2019-05-27 18:49, Thomas Stadtm├╝ller wrote:
> gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons ist schon die neueste Version
> (19.01.1-1).

Well, there is a newer one in -updates.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons

Worth installing, but I doubt it will make a difference for you. (If you 
end up filing a bug, you should indeed have the the version from 
-updates installed.)

> Can you please replicate this on your side and, e.g. create a sym
> link on your desktop, change the icon in the property and confirm
> that is also changes the desktop view?

I tried with a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications and figured out 
a limitation: Your user needs to be the owner of the .desktop file for a 
symlink to work. In my test case:

sudo chown gunnar: /usr/share/applications/synaptic.desktop

Then a symlink worked fine after I had right clicked and choosen "Allow 

A changed icon was reflected on the Desktop after having relogged in.

> If I wanted to report this behavior as a bug - what is the minimal
> information / process required?

Not sure in this case.. A summary of this email thread would probably be 
a good start. And the package candidate is obvious:


There you see a list of open bugs, but I don't think any of them covers 
the "doesn't work at all" case. ;)

Gunnar Hjalmarsson

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