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 effect... I also tried gnome-tweak-tool and to no avail.

What am I doing wrong?

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    sudo dconf-editor changes the settings of the root user, not the normal user. – Wutaz Feb 24 '14 at 23:55
  • Your file manager seems to not have control over your desktop. Get gconf editor. I think it has an option to enable file manager control over desktop. – Anglepoise Feb 25 '14 at 9:33
  • In gconf-editor I don't have any keys. The keys tree is only / – adaniluk Feb 25 '14 at 17:54

You need to have at least one of these packages: tango-icon-theme, hicolor-icon-theme or gnome-icon-theme.

  • I'll check and answer in few hours – adaniluk Feb 25 '14 at 11:31
  • This is really a comment, not an answer. – terdon Feb 25 '14 at 13:58
  • Yes, i need 50 reputation points to be able to comment in other posts... so... – fgbreel Feb 25 '14 at 14:06
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    I have no idea how this is "not an answer", if all you need to do is install one of those packages to fix it – Michael Mrozek Feb 25 '14 at 15:09
  • @fgbreel But on the other hand I think that problem is not in missing icons packages but rather in permissions. I just can't change values in dconf-editor – adaniluk Feb 25 '14 at 17:56

whoa.............. a question that I actually know the answer to. :)

sudo dconf-editor

org/gnome/desktop/background --- and check the box to show the desktop icons.

  • make sure you are sudo su to open the editor. Have root access. – Jenn Aug 9 '15 at 7:32
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    I suggest that you indent your command by 4 spaces (for better formatting), remove the first sentence, remove your signature (your username is already displayed below the anser) and that you integrate your command into the answer. – maxschlepzig Aug 9 '15 at 7:44
  • this is what worked for me – SeanClt Jan 18 '18 at 15:43

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