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 Post subject: [Solved] showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:14 am 
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Is there some way to tweak Peppermint so that files placed in the Desktop folder become visible on the desktop?

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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:27 am 
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They should show up on the desktop if they're in the desktop folder. If they don't show up right away, try selecting your desktop and hit F5 to refresh it.


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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:43 am 
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Unfortunately they still don't show up. I can see the files in the Desktop in File Manager, but not on the actual desktop of my display. I should have mentioned that I'm running Peppermint Ice. Does that make a difference?

Brainwave: a while back, to get a transparent panel, I changed my configuration to show the desktop with feh and had to comment out
@pcmanfm --desktop
in my /etc/xdg/lxsession/Peppermint/autostart file.

I'll bet that's the culprit. Is there no way to get a regular desktop in feh? Does that mean I must choose between a transparent panel and file visibility on the desktop?

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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:54 am 
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Although I'm running One so I can't be 100% sure, I can't think of a good reason why behaviour should be any different on Ice. This is a bit perplexing assuming you're running a more or less default system.

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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:55 pm 
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Yeah, I'm not running ICE either but I dragged a file into the Desktop folder earlier in One to test it and it showed up on the desktop right away. Then I dragged it back to its original folder and it disappeared. Both One and Ice use the same version of LXDE, so it should be the same. (operative word: should)


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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:19 pm 
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fox wrote:

Brainwave: a while back, to get a transparent panel, I changed my configuration to show the desktop with feh and had to comment out
@pcmanfm --desktop
in my /etc/xdg/lxsession/Peppermint/autostart file.

I'll bet that's the culprit. Is there no way to get a regular desktop in feh? Does that mean I must choose between a transparent panel and file visibility on the desktop?


That's the culprit.
And, no, you don't have to make that awful decision.

You can revert back to letting pcmanfm draw the desktop by uncommenting, leave feh alone and let it continue to draw the root wallpaper, else lxpanel transparency will just "look through" the desktop pcmanfm has drawn and see the black root window.
Set feh to draw the same wallpaper as pcmanfm is using.
then your Desktop files will/should show and the lxpanel should be *truly* transparent.
You could opt for setting the background image lxpanel uses as the same as the wallpaper pcmanfm draws without using feh, but that's not quite as transparent as this two wallpaper method.
Redundancy with wallpapers, I know, but it should work.

I can't recall for certain if this will work without xcompmgr or not. But I don't believe it is needed.

If you try it, and lxpanel isn't truly transparent, take a
look at this how to viewtopic.php?f=40&t=2781

You can ignore the part about the keybindings and omit transset and or docky as you choose.
xcompmgr will allow lxpanel transparency. But it will still *look through* the pcmanfm desktop to the black root window without the use of feh.
Any problems, let the board know.


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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:53 pm 
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Thanks, Eric2; uncommenting the pcmanfm desktop line did the trip, at least after I logged out and back in. Every time I think I've got to go back to a Gnome distro to get some functionality back, there seems to always be a way with lxde! And there really is an advantage to using a lightweight distro like Peppermint over the more fully featured distros on my Wind netbook - Peppermint is so much more responsive.

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 Post subject: Re: showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:08 pm 
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Glad you got it sorted
Could you do the board the favor of editing the title in your original post and add (Solved) to it
for the sake of the Mod's sanity please


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 Post subject: Re: [Solved] showing files on the Desktop
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:17 pm 
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Hehe, thanks :D

Glad the problem was solved.

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