I have Debian Wheezy with GNOME (2.30.2) installed on my computer and my problem is that my desktop does not work anymore.

I can't right click on the desktop (to change wallpaper, etc...). Moreover, I don't see my files & folders on the desktop, however by using nautilus I can see that the Desktop folder still exists (and all his content).

I don't know where to find the mistake I've certainly done. The steps I took:

apt-get install nautilus-share
apt-get update/upgrade
  • Have you already tried rebooting? Also, isn't there an option in Gnome where you can choose to hide your desktop? If there is I would double check to make sure it isn't toggled by mistake. – n0pe Nov 8 '11 at 18:05
  • What happens if you open a terminal and just run nautilus? – ean5533 Nov 8 '11 at 18:09
  • @ean5533 It works, It runs my file manager and I can see my home folder. – eouti Nov 8 '11 at 18:15
  • @MaxMackie : I rebooted several times, I removed (--purge) nautilus-share (dunno if it's related to my problem), and it doesn't change anything – eouti Nov 8 '11 at 18:16
  • Try running nautilus from the terminal and logging out and back in. – n0pe Nov 8 '11 at 18:29

Elements of Gnome 3 have begun to make their way into Wheezy. gnome-shell does not show files on the desktop and uses a new settings application called gnome-control-center to manage backgrounds instead of a right-click menu.

You could also use gnome-tweak-tool to restore the old functionality of the desktop (by having the file manager, nautilus, manage it instead of gnome-shell).

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