How to disable icon stretch in Gnome Desktop?

Kenneth Loafman kenneth at
Wed Nov 21 22:17:30 UTC 2007

Jim Kronebusch wrote:
> I have locked the background picture for all our users with gconf-editor.  Now they have
> figured out they can download pictures then use the stretch feature to cover the desktop
> with whatever they want.  This wastes time, and can look pretty poor if anyone tours our
> labs (who knows what the students will have for photos).  I have been looking for a way
> to globally force all desktop icons to the default, but have had no luck.  Google just
> tells me that the feature is there to stretch icons....I know that already :-)  And I've
> looked at most every setting in gconf-editor and cannot find it.
> Do any of you know how this could be done?

It's not called a *Personal* Computer for nothing.  If you can't
customize it, it can't be personal...

That said, I don't think what you want to do is possible, given that
this customization is decided by the user.  The admin can decide what
root gets for a background, but that's about it.  Maybe some creative
use of permissions, removal of the tools that change it, but its not
something that should be easy by default.


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