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Questions related to the general behaviour or configuration of desktop environments, especially in cases involving several DEs. For questions specific to one DE, see the associated tags (eg. [gnome], [kde], ...).

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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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Set default application to start on save/open file dialog

I am using i3wm on an up-to-date arch installation, and I would love to know how to change the application to open for the save/open file dialog. How to reproduce If I open okular and select "Open ...
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Is it possible to get the contents of the system tray via command line command?

After seeing how many custom status bar implementations like Polybar seem to use some existing widget for displaying system tray icons I'm not too hopeful with this but would it be possible to get the ...
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How to write a simple mutter plugin?

I want to create a very simple Desktop Environment using mutter or libmutter. I found out that mutter is a very simple wm but it can only be customized if I write a plugin for it. so I want to create ...
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How to handle gnome-settings-daemon memory leak?

I recently moved to Fedora 21 x86 with Gnome 3 and have noticed that the gnome-settings-daemon has steadily increased to 50% of my system memory (8 of 16 gigs) in the last 7 days. I haven't been able ...
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Which Desktop Environments do not require D-Bus?

Are there Desktop Environments (i.e. something comparable to Gnome, KDE, Xfce etc.) which do not require D-Bus? An optimal answer would best give a comprising list or alternatively confirm that today ...
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Solution to fix screen tearing when using integrated graphics breaks Nvidia GPU

Problem I'm having issues with screen tearing on my laptop when browsing the web. The laptop has both integrated graphics from Intel, and an Nvidia GPU. When using it on battery power I use the ...
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Linux Mint not using full screen, menubar gone

I seem to have entered some strange "mode" in Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon that I don't know how to exit. It persists between reboots. This results in the following changes: The desktop is only usable in ...
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How to use chroot'd desktop environment on Android with external display, mouse and keyboard?

I have a chroot'd Arch Linux environment set up on my Android phone (a OnePlus One) and I would like to connect it to a monitor (directly or with use of some sort of passthrough/adapter eg. Raspberry ...
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Is it possible to save the state of open terminals?

When working on certain projects, I routinely open a number of terminals, navigate each of them to various directories and resize and position them on my desktop. Is there any way to save this ...
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Arch Linux problem: What is causing the black screen problem when logging into Cinnamon?

I first posted this in February, but I'm making the problem clearer because I had no responses in 6 months, and the problem still exists. My Arch boots to the terminal. I login as root. I start ...
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How to set the Linux Mint desktop environment to use a mime type?

As a extension to this question: How to make difference between .wxm (wxMaxima) and .c files in Linux Mint? I'm using Linux Mint. I created a mime type. Now I want the desktop environment to use it. ...
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Horrible lag / stuttering in Debian 12 KDE Plasma Wayland

I just installed Debian 12 with KDE from live installer. Everything seems to work fine until I enter the password on login screen. When I get to the desktop (Wayland Plasma), mouse and keyboard are ...
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Running Openbox and MATE in parallel with KDE causes freezing on Debian

I am running Parrot OS (Debian) with KDE as the default desktop environment and SDDM as the display manager. I want to run Openbox and MATE desktop environments parallel to KDE on different virtual ...
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openbox+fbpanel: highlight current window when using Alt + Tab

I am using openbox 3.6.1-8 on Debian 10. When I use Alt+Tab to cycle through open windows, I see the preview of the applications as I am cycling through them in the middle of my screen: unfortunately ...
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LightDM is ignoring /etc/login.conf and ~/.login_conf

LightDM is ignoring /etc/login.conf and ~/.login_conf LightDM is ignoring anything defined /etc/login.conf. Even if I modify it and rebuild the database as instructed, LightDM still does not apply ...
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Set certain desktop environment as default, and revert back to it after reboot

first of all, let me put a few things out of the way: I'm about to manage a few (semi-)public workstations with Linux Mint 20 that a lot of different people have access to. And you know people; they ...
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Google Chrome does not synchronize between Desktop Environments

I installed Ubuntu 18 on my machine and I am evaluating different Desktop Environments (like Deepin, Unity, Wayland, etc) in order to check which one is more productive for my daily tasks. The ...
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System tray icons won't pop out

My KDE system tray icons is quite standard (time, network connection, sound, etc). Usually, clicking on one of those icons makes a pop-up appears, and allows e.g. to select the media to mount, to ...
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How does Alt+F2 run a command as child of the init process?

On Lubuntu 18.04, if I click the desktop menu, and lxterminal in it, and run the the following in the terminal emulator window, I will get $ pstree -a -p -s $$ systemd,1 --system --deserialize 19 ...
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xfce: How to align icons on right side of desktop?

How can I align icons on the right side of the desktop in Xfce? In the settings I opted to hide all default icons on my desktop, but only icons of minimized windows of the current settion I let ...
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3D Window Managers/Desktop Environments for Linux?

I'm compiling a list of known 3D window managers for Linux. Does anyone know of any others besides the following? Ibex Maze Compositor Januz VR Motorcar Ideally they would be demoable/usable in VR, ...
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Is it possible to change the default window animation in Gnome Shell (preferably to fade in/out)?

Instead of the default zoom in/out animations when opening and closing windows in Gnome Shell, is it possible to have a fade in/out animation? I am mostly interested in this because when opening a ...
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A desktop environment with mnemonics for Debian 8?

Mnemonics - the underlined letters in menus and buttons, controlled by the option gtk-enable-mnemonics - have been deprecated in GTK3, and indeed they are not available in my GNOME Shell 3.14.4. ...
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KDE Splash Screen doesn't disappear

Whenever I boot OpenSUSE, The KDE splash screen appears, which is normal. What is not normal, however, is that it never disappears again ! The previous session's windows just appear. KDE is ...
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Linux Deepin language switcher - making it smoother like in Ubuntu

I installed the latest Linux Deepin 2014.2 distro. It's a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 14.04. The OS is great, but there's one annoying flaw - when switching language, there appears a transparent ...
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Is there a Share menu in Linux desktop environments?

Does any DE have a 'Share menu' which allows sending files to and via installed applications like email clients, messengers, etc. (similar to MacOS and Android)? And in particular, is it possible to ...
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Placing the entire Xserver and GUI inside a cgroup/slice?

With the intent to guarantee a minimum amount of cpu cycles to keep the desktop environment smooth and snappy, Questions: Is it doable? Would this be a good idea? How would you go about doing this? ...
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How make apps keep track of moved + renamed files

Whenever I move or rename files with my desktop file browser, it causes havoc with other desktop applications. The apps can no longer find the files. What can I do to make my desktop apps stop being ...
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Which Window Managers are Shell Scriptable?

I'd like to start doing more powerful things on my desktop with (simple!) scripting and would like to know which environments/ window managers support this. Example: For web development, I have to ...
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GNOME 3.34 vs Deepin Desktop Environment - resources usage

GNOME 3.34 has been released few days ago, and changes list sounds promising, but what about resources usage and overall performance especially compared with Deepin Desktop Environment, which is my DE ...
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Opening .jar files with `pkexec` and using Desktop Entries to run commands

I am writing a bash script that automates installation of TLauncher (Minecraft launcher) and basic dependency management on USBs running Lubuntu 18.04. Part of the bash script creates a desktop ...
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i3-msg doesn't move workspaces between multiple monitors consistently

I have two monitors; eDP1: primary (laptop's screen) and HDMI2, the external monitor. What I want to do is to use i3wm such that when I run a script (below), it put some workspaces on eDP1 and some on ...
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Clear Linux desktop doesn't start in a virtual machine

I'm trying to run Clear Linux in a VM. I've tried the vmdk image and installation image in both VMware Player and Virtualbox without success In VMware Player it always hang up forever on startup ...
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Setting graphical environment: dpkg-reconfigure or update-alternatives?

I'm confused about setting correct programs. For example, what determines that lightdm is my current display manager? Why is there no debian alternative for it? x-session-manager manual ...
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Xorg occupying too much memory

Linux Mint 18.2 here. I have an nvidia card which I use mainly to run neural networks. Unfortunately, xorg and related apps do occupy too much memory. For example: +-----------------------------------...
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${HOME}/Desktop directory somehow got moved in Linux Mint

I started up my laptop PC today and the Desktop directory inside my home folder has somehow been moved into a place other than ${HOME}/Desktop and another Desktop directory exists inside my home ...
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Strange render anomaly during window resize

When I resize the window in any environment, sometimes I see a strange anomaly, which lasts until more resize or mouse drop. It's same in each environment and with all windows. Here it is: It's ...
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i3 windows manager conditional exec comand

Is there way to execute a command when a workspace is on? I mean, if i go to a specific workspace (using $mod+5 workspace 5) a command is run (but only once). In summary, execute something like this. ...
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emacs/bash ctrl key shortcuts in all linux desktop environment

I love the emacs keyboard shortcuts like c-f c-b c-d c-p c-a c-k c-y etc. And I've found that in OSX these work pretty much everywhere because all the typical control keys are tied to the command(alt ...
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Fedora 24 switch from KDE spin to Default (GNOME)

I have installed the default workstation group dnf install @workstation-product-environment Now I want to remove all unnecessary KDE packages but dnf remove @kde-desktop-environtment gives me ...
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How to install LXDE on CentOS 7 x64?

[root@localhost iexcept]# uname -or 3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64 GNU/Linux [root@localhost iexcept]# cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) [root@localhost iexcept]# yum install lxde ...
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How to query (from the command line) high-level desktop-environment information for system characterization

background When asking for help with a software problem, it is usually good to identify not only what versions of that particular code one is running, but also characterize the application's platform....
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executing shell script from launcher, slow to end/complete the script

I am using a bash script to rotate my screen via xrandr. To make it easier to use I added the script to the unity launcher. The problem I have encountered with this is that the script seems to ...
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Scraping from applications other than browsers on Debian Jessie

I'm thinking of building an automated trading system. I think there's probably no services supplying informations of order book and top of book in the txt format. So I have to do scraping. I ...
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Lightest hardware accelerated desktop system

I need a list of lightweight desktop environment that uses hardware acceleration either natively or from being on top of another library like Xlib, GTK+, etc. What I'm actually looking for is a ...
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Start text terminal shell from Linux DM?

Is it possible to start a shell in a text terminal from a Linux Desktop Manager such as GDM, MDM or KDM? I have a user that has a .profile with a bash select loop offering the option to startx (where ...
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Using per-user keyboard XKBOPTIONS for all desktop environments

I have set the compose key correctly by typing setxkbmap -option compose:rwin in XFCE, but before that I just flipped a switch in Gnome 3. Meaning that desktop environment has different ways of ...
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How to properly disable Gnome 3 shell in Debian?

I just did a Debian install on an old laptop, and I don't need Gnome shell on it. I did it with apt-get remove gnome-shell, and it worked after I restarted. However, later I did apt-get autoremove, ...
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Linux Mint Taskbar and Icons are gone

I have linux mint cinnamon 13. I installed it today. Well my problem is that my panel and my icons are gone. There is absolutely nothing but my desktop background. But I'm still able to switch to Ctrl+...
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