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How do I refresh Gnome 3 applications

I just added and modified a .desktop file in my /home/user/.local/share/applications folder. Is there any way to refresh the icon and caption in the list of applications without logging out?
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Backintime Linux desktop backup to a Synology DiskStation

Backintime doesn't support plain SFTP backends so it does not seem to be easy to setup a remote backup to a Synology Diskstation (in my case a DS214 with DSM 4.3). Backintime supports SSH/rsync based ...
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Prevent lockups from badly behaving browser tab?

I've been having some issues on my desktop. Debian 8. Sometimes the system becomes completely unresponsive, for up to fifteen minutes at a time. This almost always happens when I'm running a browser, ...
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Force nautilus desktop to open files with another file manager

I'm using Elementary OS Freya (which is based on Ubuntu), with nautilus to manage the desktop. Is there a way to force nautilus desktop icons to open files with another file manager (PCManFM in this ...
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How should one change the width of scrollbar?

I started using Linux Mint 13 Mate a few days ago and I can't find anyway to change the width of my scrollbar, no matter it is firefox, chrome or File Manager. I tried to search google with "Linux ...
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Desktop top panel displays the icon of active program with wrong label

This probably is a new feature of RHEL7. It put an icon and a label of active program on the top panel. But when running our company's application, the label is not the right name of the program. Is ...
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How to arrange icons on desktop in KDE

I'm using KDE, my display manager should be: $ cat /etc/X11/default-display-manager /usr/bin/kdm How to arrange icons, or better to say aling them to a grid, on desktop on Debian? I mean similar ...
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Some applications on my unbuntu won't launch (document viewer)

My Document viewer is not able to launch. When I open it using commandline it gives me the following error: evince evince: error while loading shared libraries: libffi.so.6: failed to map segment ...
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Where are minimized windows in naked Xvnc4? How to restore minimized windows?

I am running VNC server as described here: No windows frames on VNC screen I am running only few applications, so I have empty desktop and terminal in the beginning. If I run some application, like ...
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get available screen size after considering space used by the menu bar and launcher

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. I know how to get my screen resolution using xrandr or xdpyinfo. But with these tools I get the maximum available desktop size .... I have a menu bar at the top that takes ...
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Cinnamon Menu Applet Won't Display

Cinnamon version: Cinnamon 2.6.13 OS: Fedora 21 When I run cinnamon --replace, there is no error messages for menu applet: js-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon St-Message: cogl npot ...
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Positionioning items on the desktop

I have found gvfs-info to display the data, including position, of a desktop icon, and I can set the position info of item xyz.png on the desktop by doing: gvfs-set-attribute ~/Desktop/xyz.png ...
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Change XFCE desktop font color?

I'd like to change the text color(under icons) on my desktop. I already tried editing the .gtkrc-2.0 file but it doesn't seem like there's one.
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How to quick move+resize a window using ALT key+Mouse on Ubuntu Mate 15.04?

On earlier Linux GUI Desktops, it was quick and easy to move around or resize any window just by holding the ALT Button + clicking and dragging the mouse on almost any position of the app window, so ...
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Kde: how to bind permanently an application to a desktop/activity?

Im pretty new to Kde 4.8 and i can not figure out how to get this behaviour that i used to have in Gnome: Desktop 1: developer/misc (browser, editor/ide, diff, etc..) Desktop 2: virtual machines ...
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Where is the default icon used by Gnome when no icons are found?

Just to experiment, I moved the folder /user/share/icons/ away, as in saved it on a USB drive and deleted it from Linux. Now, all icons are shown as the default "white" icon. Where is this icon ...
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Drawings, clocks and other designs not showing up on conky, only text is being shown

I am trying to use conky on elementary os. But any widget with some form of design is not showing properly on my system. If this is not the correct place to ask this question, please redirect me. ...
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Desktop Environment of kali linux

Whats the desktop environment in kali linux 2.0 (sana) I am to able understand because they have some mixture of gnome + cinnamon and tell me how can i do this with my fresh debian installation
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How do I change the menu icon in budgie desktop?

I'm curious as to how to do it I've only used budgie once or twice. It shouldn't be a simple task like a right click would it?
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Kali Linux + RPi : Desktop missing

I run Kali 2.0.1 (light version for ARM) on my Rpi2. Since yesterday, when I turn my Pi on, I get a partial desktop with 3 shortcuts : File system, Home and Trash. The background is still in place ...
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I need help installing mate 1.10 from source

I have debian 8, with mate 1.8. I would like to update to mate 1.10. I have been to the mate desktop installation page: http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/download#debian and I have downloaded various ...
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Desktop environment that stacks programs in the task bar

I'm currently on Linux Mint with Cinnamon and completely abandoned windows a couple months ago. The only one thing that I'm currently missing from windows is the stacking of several instances of one ...
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Why is Enlightenment 17 (Debian 8) not showing an icon when plugging a CD or USB pin drive?

I installed the default E17 with aptitude. E17 doesn't show any icons on the Desktop when I'm inserting a CD or an pin drive. Did I miss any switch in the Enlightenment settings?
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Why is Debian Wheezy not displaying desktop icons?

After freshly installing Debian with Gnome 3, I cannot enable desktop icons. I tried to use dconf-editor, but all values were locked. I tried sudo dconf-editor: The option was changeable but had no ...
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Why isn't there a Unix API?

Why isn't there the Unix API? I mean, as there is the Windows API. I know a lot of things in the Unix world is modular, and those things put together creates a whole system. This sounds good but does ...
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How can I show desktop icons in Elementary OS?

How can I show icons on the desktop in Elementary OS Luna? I tried using gnome-tweak-tool and gconf-editor but they didn't work.
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custom maximised windows-size in opensuse 13.2 (KDE)

Is there a way to maximise a window in openSUSE (KDE) to a custom size? There are obviously ways to fully maximise, or use a full quarter or half of a screen quickly. What I'd like however is using ...
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Caja - Respawning too rapidly

I had a problem with wxPython displaying on Mint 17.2 64-bit. This was fixed by installing gtk2-engines-oxygen. However the first time I re-booted after doing so caja started re-spawning more than ...
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GNOME: Bottom task bar is missing/blank after upgrade

I am running kali linux, which has gnome. I just updated with apt-get update && apt-get upgrade and that completed without incident, only a little while after did I realise that my bottom ...
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name of binary vs. name in GUI

I wish I could title this better. An example seems the best way of making the point: In icedove>preferences>attachments, for 'JEPG image' one can select 'Image Viewer' or 'Use other ...'. It turns ...
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Changing settings for XFCE4 on debian wheezy terminal

I am using a raspberry pi running raspbian wheezy. How do you change the desktop settings for an XFCE4 desktop on raspbian, installed with sudo apt-get install xfce4-full, now the default X desktop, ...
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Gnome desktop environment: how to get it working on OpenBSD?

I have OpenBSD 5.7-amd64 installed and patched with all the latest available fixes. I would like to have a minimal Gnome desktop environment and I did the following to my user account (not root ...
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Super key as shortcut - Openbox [duplicate]

I want to create the shortcuts: Super: Run dmenu Super← Left arrow: Move current window to the left I have both of them working, however when I depress Super it opens dmenu right away. ...
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Add Xfce Group to REHL 6.6

I want to install Xfce on my REHL 6.6 (currently I think it uses Gnome2 and Compiz) but yum grouplist does not provide me any kind of Xfce group after I run # wget ...
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Is there a way to have OpenSUSE (13.2) boot up without launching the GUI desktop?

What I'd like to accomplish is to have it boot to a script that would download and run a desktop through docker (something like this). We will have dozens of devices that will come pre-installed with ...
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How to programmatically rename virtual desktop on Cinnamon

I'm looking for a way to programmatically create a new desktop and then immediately give it some arbitrary name. Creating a new desktop is not a problem, but I can't find a way to rename it. I'm ...
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Why are my application.desktop files not showing up in Linux application menu?

I've written quite a few open source programs over the years, but not very recently, and I've never had this problem before. The menu items for my new project simply refuse to show up in menus on ...
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Debian jessie without desktop

So, I installed debian Jessie on my computer. And it does not have any desktop. I have used numerous of different commands but it just say cannot be found. Thanks for the help. EDIT! One way to fix ...
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Writing a TXT file to the desktop before booting from a distro

What I'd like to know is how, obviously enough, I can add a TXT file to a distro's desktop before it even starts? For example: I'm using software which can view the file tree for an ISO image. Well, ...
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Best Window Manager for One Application

First off: I'm running CentOS light (If this is a bad choice, perhaps recommend one. I'm able to switch between distros fairly easily atm) and I don't need a complicated setup, I just need to be ...
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.desktop file not working

I wrote the following .desktop file for my application named Qtag: [Desktop entry] Name=Qtag Comment=Audio tag editor Exec=qtag Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/Qtag.png Terminal=false Categories=Multimedia; ...
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon 2.4.8 64-bit - Weird Desktop Crash

This crash thing is happining third time for me. I solved the last two by a refresh install of mint, formatted I mean. Nothing special happened when I was using the computer, than I shut it down. By ...
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How to create a launcher to show recent files

I think it would be convenient to be able to quickly bring up a list of my most recently accessed files. This could be done by opening nautilus and then clicking on recent in the left panel, but I ...
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Executable script can't run directly from desktop in Arch Linux

Before, I was using Linux Mint and I can run bash script directly from desktop just with chmod the script to executable. For example, I have a script like this: #!/bin/bash VBoxSDL --startvm ...
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Screen corruption after hibernate — Is there another way to refresh the X11 display?

When I restore from hibernate the screen is often corrupted. I suspect the graphics memory is not being saved. Suspend-to-ram works fine otherwise. It also looks like the font-cache is corrupted, as ...
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Dynamically change desktop background from bash script

Is it possible to change the GNOME desktop background during some period of time by just a random phrase from the list on black screen? Will is seriously load the CPU and consume battery life?
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Command to move a window to all desktops

I'd like to be able to move (pin) an existing window to all desktops using a scriptable command, rather than through the window menu. wmctrl -r <WIN> -t <DESK> will move a window to a ...
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Desktop files disappeared suddenly

OS - linux lite. I don't get why all the files in the desktop suddenly disappeared. It is not moved anywhere. I searched through command line and checked trash folder too. What would be the cause ...
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Desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to mouse (moving/focusing/clicking UI elements)

I have an annoying problem where my desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to my mouse. This always happens randomly, at random times. Sometimes I can work for hours with no problems, sometimes this ...
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Does GNOME 3 support desktop zoom?

GNOME 3 is not compatible with Compiz, so I cannot use the desktop zoom feature from Compiz. I googled for a long time, and it seems GNOME still does not support desktop zoom -- does it? I am using ...