[lde4.1}Desk top missing

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Fri Aug 22 12:24:22 UTC 2008

Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
>  Leonard Chatagnier
> lenc5570 at sbcglobal.net
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org>
>> To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
>> Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 11:19:12 PM
>> Subject: Re: [lde4.1}Desk top missing
>> On Thu, 2008-08-21 at 22:00 -0400, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>>> This is sounding more and more like a "feature" in KDE that is hiding 
>>> icons. There must be a configuration program of some kind to check 
>>> this...a preference or something.
>> I ignored this thread and I don't use KDE, but even I know that ;) as
>> it's been the thing people complained about most in KDE 4.0 (because it
>> was missing) and therefore the thing people wrote about most in KDE 4.1
>> reviews. There is a Plasma folder view that needs to be placed on the
>> desktop. Note that this feature is not completely done yet.
>> Here is a description (incidentally the first hit for kde AND 4.1 AND
>> desktop AND icons on Google):
>> http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/05/no-more-desktop-icons-in-41.html
> I haven't read your url yet but will.  We, or I, did try out the Plasma folder and decided it wasn't what I wanted and wasn't  what I had on my desktop before the power failure. I just wanted what I had on my desktop before the power failure which didn't cause any file system problem according to e2fsck -cckc and -p but apparently brought the bug to life, or whatever.  I guess I can live with it and eventually the developers will fix it, maybe.
> An even more exasperating issue with kde4.1 is I now can't add the "show desktop" icon with the add widgets task bar. It's in the add widgets menu but can't add it, it's also invisible, and I had it installed once before thanks to NoOp. If I right click on a blank space on the panel a pop up appears with an entry saying remove the unknown applet and selecting that removes the empty space between the icons.  I'll just have to be patient but it's not  in my nature.  Hey Mario, thanks for the link! It'll give me something to do after I read the list  mail. -:)

A) Thanks Mario! I don't have KDE either, so I was poking around 
searching for a filesystem problem...I didn't realize that KDE had 
changed the way they hide files on the desktop. Seems like there 
shouldn't be a "Desktop" folder to save things if they're going to hide 
them as a preference setting. (personal off-the-cuff statement).

B) Leonard - It's possible the crash did something that caused KDE to 
reset your preferences, so before it kept or had your show-icons 
preference and after the crash it was reset. I don't know how they 
programmed the interface to recover from hard crashes, but a preference 
file for storing your interface settings has a high chance that it was 
being poked into or opened when the interface when plonky.

I still have things that will seem to reset without reason. Right now my 
FireFox browser opens to fill the entire desktop, including covering my 
menu bars, and I hit F11 to "kiosk" the browser then F11 again to 
"unkiosk" it and I get my bars back into view. OpenOffice also had some 
preference goofies on and off.

Check out Mario's suggestion and I hope it works for you!


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