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dexl
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missing desktop icons

Post by dexl » Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:28 pm

Fresh LM19.1 Mate install, on running all updates and rebooting all desktop icons are gone and I don't know how to get them back. Desktop folder in Caja shows all my desktop files intact. Any clues? Thank you.

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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by gm10 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:48 pm

Try running this in a terminal window:

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dconf write /org/mate/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons true
If that does not help make sure that this command's output actually points to the folder you are expecting to see the contents of:

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xdg-user-dir DESKTOP
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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by c3kkos » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:14 pm

Holy macro!

Hi all, this is my first post on this forum,

I'd like to thank you for posting this solution, this worked like charm to me

Yes, after a system-wide update my -almost- fresh 19.2 Mint Mate linux had this issue.

No desktop icons AND no left/right mouse events on desktop background.

The first command on terminal, normal user, did the trick.

Consider investigating (and make this thread sticky?? - or list this thing on the known issues) on this issue since it a silly bug. THANKS

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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by dexl » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:31 pm

Well, I gotta say, that did the trick for me as well. After pasting the first and the second command, the icons returned. I just hope they're gonna stay there once I reboot. :) THANK YOU.

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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by gm10 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:02 pm

You are both quite welcome. I have no idea how you "lost" the icons so I cannot say if it will happen again. The only application I know of that has a toggle for this is mate-tweak, so unless you used that to disable the icons I have no idea what happened to you guys.
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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by dexl » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:32 pm

No intentional tweaks whatsoever, as I wrote in my first post it happened on a fresh installation of LM19.1 Mate Tessa.
dexl wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:28 pm
Fresh LM19.1 Mate install, on running all updates and rebooting, all desktop icons are gone and I don't know how to get them back. Desktop folder in Caja shows all my desktop files intact. Any clues? Thank you.
Upon reboot the icons are gone... is there a way to make the solution you posted permanent?
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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by dexl » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:35 pm

OK, I wanted to try the same commands to get my icons back and now it just doesn't work anymore... :( I hope it's not a one-time fix :lol:

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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by gm10 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:45 pm

dexl wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:32 pm
Upon reboot the icons are gone... is there a way to make the solution you posted permanent?
Settings not saving usually means you messed around with sudo where you shouldn't have, run this and then the fix again and see if the setting persist across reboots now:

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sudo chown -Rc $USER:$USER ~
From the "fix" you only need the dconf command by the way, the second one was just to see if you were actually looking at the correct folder, but that wasn't your problem.
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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by Spearmint2 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:22 pm

I've had that happen a few times too. I opened my file manager to desktop folder, saw they were there, closed the file manager, and suddenly they were all there again on the desktop. Not sure why that works for me, but does. I thought maybe it was because I'd done an version upgrade and not clean new install.
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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by ColdBootII » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:24 am

Spearmint2 wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:22 pm
I've had that happen a few times too. I opened my file manager to desktop folder, saw they were there, closed the file manager, and suddenly they were all there again on the desktop. Not sure why that works for me, but does. I thought maybe it was because I'd done an version upgrade and not clean new install.
I noticed that this might happen if you set Automatic DPI detection on, for fonts. On my desktop it sets it to a higher value (106) and seems that desktop icons sometimes can go off screen with this settings. When you open Desktop folder in Caja, it also refreshes the desktop which can also be done pressing F5 when it has the focus.

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Re: missing desktop icons

Post by rjsrjs » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:19 pm

You can do the same fix if you download and use Dconf editor.

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