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#1 2018-11-29 23:55:49

Laadna
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Displaying icons on desktop

Hello,

I use a quite small screen (10') and I'd like to display a few icons on the desktop, just to get some space on the launcher taskbar.

I tried two different softwares that are meant to do that : desklaunch and idesk.

Desklaunch needs a .xpm file icon, which is a bit boring but still ok. The probleme is that each icon generated is shown on the taskbar, which is a mess...

Idesk is pretty long setting up each icon, but still ok. The problem comes with comand/paths with spaces in their names. Like this one (link to a folder) :

thunar /home/benoit/Documents/Installation paysannerie

I tried with comas (" and '), on the entire path and on the tricky part, and I also tried backslashes (\). Idesk seems to dislike spaces. sad

Any tip to make it work, or another way to get these icons on the desktop ?

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#2 2018-11-30 05:24:08

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#3 2018-11-30 10:28:25

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

Laadna wrote:

Hello,
Idesk is pretty long setting up each icon, but still ok. The problem comes with comand/paths with spaces in their names. Like this one (link to a folder) :

thunar /home/benoit/Documents/Installation paysannerie

I tried with comas (" and '), on the entire path and on the tricky part, and I also tried backslashes (\). Idesk seems to dislike spaces. sad

Any tip to make it work, or another way to get these icons on the desktop ?

It's an annoying extra step, but you can put the command and path with spaces in a bash script, where you can use quotation marks (and start the script in the idesk command).

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#4 2018-11-30 12:06:37

Laadna
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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

obscurant wrote:

It's an annoying extra step, but you can put the command and path with spaces in a bash script, where you can use quotation marks (and start the script in the idesk command).

Can you tell me how to do that in detail ? I don't know what is a bash script and how to use it.

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#5 2018-11-30 20:07:18

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

Laadna wrote:
obscurant wrote:

It's an annoying extra step, but you can put the command and path with spaces in a bash script, where you can use quotation marks (and start the script in the idesk command).

Can you tell me how to do that in detail ? I don't know what is a bash script and how to use it.

Why not teach yourself? What is a Bash Script?


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#6 2018-12-01 08:07:10

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

bunsenlabs already uses some XFCE components, most notably the file manager, and it might make more sense to use xfdesktop for desktop icons.

i just tested on an up-to-date BL vm, it would pull in a few packages and require only 6MB of adtional disk space:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install xfdesktop4

Last edited by ohnonot (2018-12-01 08:25:16)

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#7 2018-12-01 08:30:53

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

^I've been using xfdesktop for years (currently replacing nitrogen in BL) without major problems.
Unfortunately the current Stretch version does have a couple of defects, which need a little effort to work around.
@Laadna if you decide to use it, I can share some points.


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#8 2018-12-01 10:59:39

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

Yes John please share, I'm sure many would appreciate this.

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#9 2018-12-02 06:19:45

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

johnraff wrote:

Unfortunately the current Stretch version does have a couple of defects, which need a little effort to work around.

i'd also be interested.
surely i will recommend this again in the future, or might even install it on someone's machine.

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#10 2018-12-02 06:36:39

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop


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#11 2018-12-02 07:12:11

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

^ ah, the age-old conky problem.
didn't think about that.

and styling with custom gtkrcs is a little fiddly.

and a long standing bug ---

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#12 2018-12-06 13:18:48

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

There is also xlunch

xlunch application launcher

Last edited by PackRat (2018-12-06 13:19:09)


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#13 2018-12-06 13:33:34

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

^A real gem, I dare to say. Thanks PackRat for the link. Too bad it isn't in the (debian) repo  sad
It isn't difficult to compile, though  wink

Last edited by iMBeCil (2018-12-06 13:34:03)


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#14 2018-12-06 15:31:43

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

^ Not at all. Only needs the imlib2 and libx11 dev packages; the github page has all the dependency info.

Last edited by PackRat (2018-12-06 15:32:11)


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#15 2018-12-10 02:05:06

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Re: Displaying icons on desktop

See idesk section in http://lxlinux.com/#2.

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