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Questions tagged [desktop]

Desktop is a set of unifying concepts used by graphical user interfaces to help users more easily interact with the computer.

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Is there an application to watch changes in auto starting apps and services?

I'm thinking of developing an application to watch changes for auto starting applications and service that would notify when: A service state change (enabled/disabled/added/removed) An application ...
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Why are my desktop applications children of PID1

I'm launching my graphical applications with i3bar. When I look at my system's process tree with pstree,I can see my graphical applications (Firefox, Chromium, Termite etc) are all children of systemd ...
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“Unable to detect the URI-scheme of…”

Lately this has become a more frequent error message here. In this case, I installed the MPLAB X IDE, and it seems the installation does not create a .desktop file. So I copied one of smaller .desktop ...
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Debian 10/Buster crashing after days of usage

I am using Debian 10/Buster on my desktop with Gnome3. It is working quite well but after a couple of days it will just crash. The PC is still on, but the keyboard is unresponsive and the display won'...
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Is there a tablet-like desktop or theme that works well with touch screens?

I am trying to find either a desktop or desktop theme that works well with a touch screen. What I need must be as light weight as possible, compatible with debian stretch (preferably) or other *buntu ...
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Optimizing Linux for desktop responsiveness without thirdparty kernels

The default linux kernel config (at least in Ubuntu and Arch) is not as optimized for desktop responsiveness as linux-ck or Zen Kernel. The difference between those kernels and the default one is very ...
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Open a file in the default text editor programmatically

I'm writing a program and I need to implement opening a particular file in a text editor. The file type has a different association by default (it's associated to the program itself), so calling xdg-...
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NetBSD desktop install

I've had NetBSD 7 installed for several years, running MariaDB 5.5.52 and gcc 4.8.4 and Geany. I would like to install a slightly more advanced desktop than XWindows. When I cd into /usr/pkgsrc/meta-...
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rm -rf ~/Desktop - how to fix it and/or change the location

I was trying to symlink Windows desktop with Lubuntu desktop folder, but have in the process removed the Lubuntu folder completely. I know I can't recover the lost files, but how do I fix this now, ...
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Kali linux crash on desktop

I made a Kali bootable USB drive with latest Kali release (Kali linux 64 bit, version 2019.1a https://www.kali.org/downloads/). Loading Kali and doing any action on desktop (like moving mouse for a ...
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Menu icons on Jwm 2.2.0

I'm trying to get the icons to show on the Jwm menu of a machine running Jwm-2.2.0. The setup which work on Jwm 2.3.7 does not seem to work on this earlier version. The code I use is: <IconPath>...
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no mouse after launch script with xsession without desktop

I need to launch a zenity's script with mouse, I managed to launch the script using "Xsession". With the following configuration : [Desktop Entry] NAME=rdp Exec=/Xfreerdp.sh Terminal=false Type=...
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How to list system tray icons and their processes?

I am writting a BASH script to monitor a program's status. That program is close source and I have no control over it. It can create an icon in system tray. What I need is knowing if currently there ...
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.desktop launcher of $VISUAL failing

I have built a little launcher editor in a desktop file called "createlauncher.desktop" that opens up a second, read-only desktop launcher file called "SHORTCUT.desktop" in a text editor where a PATH ...
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How to make desktop color by xfconf-query in ubuntu18.04 please?

My environment is xubuntu 18.04 64-bit. I use this to set desktop's color: xfconf-query -c xfce4-desktop -p /backdrop/screen0/monitor0/workspace0/color1 -n -t int -t int -t int -t int -s 19018 -s ...
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Select area on screen with pointer

Is there a command line tool that let one select an area with pointer and print the result to terminal? Much like with various screen capture tools, but I want the coordinates. For example x,y,width,...
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Take screenshot of another X session

User A is using Ubuntu desktop. I want to SSH remotely (as User A) and take a screenshot of the desktop from the terminal.
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System created desktop icon won't access zfs mirrored pool

I had my Linux Mint 19.1 installation put icons (links) to my filesystem and removable drives by right-clicking the Desktop, clicking Desktop Settings > Icons tab then checking Removable Devices in ...
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how import/copy a file or directory into Desktop ubuntu 14.04 laptop

My Dell Precision laptop has a funny Desktop (it is 14.04 with KDE) as different from my table-top comp with 12.04 and any other comps I used before, I don't see any directory named "Desktop", but I ...
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lightdm config damaged

I accidentally erased the plymouth package which removed many more packages. The system would still boot but the console hung. I added the packages lightdm and lightdm-gtk-greeter, and now I do get a ...
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Trouble getting to Desktop directory, with Bash on Microsoft's Windows (WSL)

I'm using the Bash terminal for Windows and currently this is what I get when I type ls -a <username@userPC>:/$ ls -a . bin data home lib64 mnt root srv usr .. boot dev init lost+found opt run ...
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Desktop icons showing files of home

I think at some point I might have accidentally moved the Desktop folder onto my Pictures folder, and when I noticed I reverted it. But ever since then, the icons shown in my graphical desktop are of ...
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lxde desktop shortcut remove prompt that ask action (open execute)

I've create a simple file.desktop from chromium but every time I click on it it prompt : this file seems a script whatn you want to do? Execute Execute in terminal Open Cancel This ...
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Rotate window but not rotate desktop/screen

I need to rotate a window (90º to the left) but with the desktop runs normal (without rotation). The application is not mine and I have the source code. But I wonder about if there is a feature to do ...
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Deepin refuses to use laptop screen without HDMI connected

When I boot Deepin 15.7, it for some reason seems to refuse to show anything onscreen without a HDMI connection - even if the screen's off. NOTE - It shows GRUB, then when I select Deepin and log in, ...
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How do I change the icon size of the left dock in Debian?

I want to change it smaller, I remember I can change it in the settings->display. However I can't find it anywhere, I am using debian 9.5 on vmware.
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Changing the default position of new desktop items

In Xubuntu and most other similar environments newly created files, folders and shortcuts on desktop appear below each other, filling the desktop space one column at a time from top to bottom and left ...
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Kali Linux: Desktop messed up after installing VBoxGuestAdditions

So I installed VBoxLinuxGuestAdditions(part of Oracle VirtualBox) to support a better resolution and other reasons, but came across a big annoying problem. I remember that before installing this, ...
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Missing menu bar on Cinnamon desktop on CentOS 7. Where are the Cinnamon settings located in CentOS 7?

I got Cinnamon 3.6.7 on my newly installed CentOS Linux release 7.5.1804 (Core). The menu bar on the bottom is missing and I have been failing to find a solution on Google. I haven't even found where ...
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Are there reasons not to use ~/.local? [closed]

Long ago I discovered there was a freedesktop.org standard for where to store application-specific files in the user's $HOME: ~/.local (or, more specifically, the value of $XDG_DATA_HOME, along with ...
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Can't deal with KDE Desktop in Kali Linux [duplicate]

I recently installed KDE on Kali Linux (I'm always root). I can't do anything with the Desktop (Launching applications, creating or adding new items or moving icons to my secondary monitor, etc.). I'...
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Securing xRDP on Linux Debian 8

I am trying to secure my xRDP with an free Let's Encrypt SSL certification. xRDP is working but get an warning Untrusted Connection. I have configured the following files: /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini ...
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CentOS 7 escape key mapping?

I reinstalled a bunch of GNOME packages for my CentOS 7 desktop and it fixed several issues I was having but now I'm having some weirdness with the escape key. Basically I press the escape key and it ...
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Mount a drive using a desktop shortcut instead of terminal

I'm currently mounting my shared drive using cifs -o "username=${USER},password=${PASSWORD},uid=$(id -u),gid=$(id -g)" //server-address/folder /mount/path/on/ubuntu I'm trying now to run this ...
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Is $PATH environment variable of a desktop environment different from that in a shell?

I am trying to find the .desktop file for qtcreator, so I write this: $ for p in ${XDG_DATA_DIRS//:/ }; do grep -rni 'qtcreator' $p; done And here is the most relevant lines: /usr/share/app-...
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Caja - how to reload desktop programmatically

I can reload the Caja desktop by clicking anywhere on the desktop pressing F5. Is there any way to do this programmatically? For example, I have a user script copies some files to the $HOME/Desktop ...
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In X11, how to detect if a window has opened or closed

I am trying to write a simple panel to manage windows using X11. Is there a way to detect if a new window has open or closed in the DE? All i have found is information on events for a window that you ...
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Setting up Public/Private Key Pair for Linux Login (not SSH)

I've searched Google and this site for the answer to this question, and haven't been able to find the answer. My goal is to use a public/private key pair to login to my desktop computer from a USB ...
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Show complete workspace preview in gnome-shell activities

If I activate the Activities view in gnome-shell (e.g. by using the windows key) the preview of different workspaces at the right hand side is shown only partly (see first image below). I have to move ...
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Why do freedesktop .desktop files not allow relative paths?

The .desktop files have become the de-facto standard to easily access applications on Linux desktops, with executables not being easily startable from the GUI otherwise and many launchers not using ...
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GUI terminal issue - empty rectangular boxes instead of normal characters

I am getting boxes in place of characters in a Red Hat GUI terminal. How do I solve this?
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Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon Desktop scaling feature missing

Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon Desktop scaling feature missing. I need to set Desktop scaling, but this feature is missing in my menu. Is anything missing in the system?
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Modifying .desktop file to scale application display

I'm using the KDE desktop with Fedora 27 on two different machines. I found a handy trick for scaling Spotify by modifying the .desktop file in /usr/share/applications as such: Exec=spotify --force-...
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Window manager with search feature?

If many windows are open, cycling through them can get highly annoying. Which window manager has the ability to search through the windows by typing in the title or text inside the application? For ...
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*.desktop file not starting java application on Slax9.3

Hi I have installed a Java program. If I put /usr/local/TheNumberRace/start.sh in the command line it starts. I created the following *.desktop file. [Desktop Entry] Icon=/usr/local/...
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My desktop does not show up on my monitor on Debian 9

I've had Debian 9 for a while now with Xfce4. Recently the desktop has stopped appearing after I log in. It's just grey. How do I get my desktop back on my monitor?
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bashrc function to create a folder every month and switch XDG_DESKTOP_DIR to it

I am actively using desktop, so files and folders rapidly accumulate on desktop. I need a bashrc way that it checks month on the first day then creates a directory with month name, finally sets it ...
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Deactivate openbox desktop context menu on 2nd screen

I'm using Debian Stretch LXDE (OpenBox) in a dual monitor setup. I activated the openbox context menu of my second screen by setting Desktop (right click) -> Desktop Preferences -> Advanced (...
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How do I write a custom application launcher that runs an application as a specific group?

I am running Linux Mint Mate 18.2, from my console I currently run an application as a specific group using the following command sudo -g my-group "/home/me/apps/my.app/bin/start.sh" %f This ...
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how to create directory in the desktop of the centos 7

I am using CentOS 7. Now I need to create a directory as "infomation" in the desktop of the centos. What is the right command for that?