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    12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    I had a "small" problem in that Firefox quit responding - even killing the process in the command line did nothing, so I had to reboot. After the reboot, I now have white squares around my desktop icons. I assume this is probably something easy to fix, but I have found no reference via the search of the forums or of the internet. Not sure how it happened, but would like to reverse it.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    What Ubuntu version and desktop environment are you using ?
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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    I had a "small" problem in that Firefox quit responding - even killing the process in the command line did nothing, so I had to reboot. After the reboot, I now have white squares around my desktop icons. I assume this is probably something easy to fix, but I have found no reference via the search of the forums or of the internet. Not sure how it happened, but would like to reverse it.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    When you say that you have white squares around your desktop icons....do you mean a white square like a border or is the entire icon a white square?

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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Like a border - I've attached a screen shot. Running 12.10, currently using Unity. I have other desktops installed (KDE, Gnome shell) but mainly use Unity.

    Thanks.

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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    Like a border - I've attached a screen shot.
    where is the screen shot?
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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Oh crap - I always seem to do that! Hopefully it's attached to this message
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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Nautilus handles the desktop so restarting it may help if the problem is nautilus related.
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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Possibly you are using nautilus 3.6 (from gnome3 ppa?). If so there is a bug that's been fixed upstream though not in the ppa nautilus build yet.
    (fixed in nautilus-3.6.3 used in 13.04
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...s/+bug/1085320

    related recent thread
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...7#post12424827

    You can wait for ppa to do another build or build yourself with a patched source
    Last edited by mc4man; December 30th, 2012 at 05:29 PM. Reason: spell

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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    Possibly you are using nautilus 3.6 (from gnome3 ppa?). If so there is a bug that's been fixed upstream though not in the ppa nautilus build yet.
    (fixed in nautilus-3.6.3 used in 13.04
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...s/+bug/1085320

    related recent thread
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...7#post12424827

    You can wait for ppa to do another build or build yourself with a patched source
    You're exactly right! I had a TON of Gnome 3 updates the same day, in fact I think right before Firefox locked up and I rebooted and got the squares. I did notice Nautilus looks VERY different. I may try patching the source - I need a project anyway.

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    Re: 12.10 - white boxes around desktop icons

    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    I did notice Nautilus looks VERY different. I may try patching the source - I need a project anyway.
    The new 3.X nautilus is very much changed, some like, some don't.
    I like it though do make some changes & return a few missing/removed items.

    In any event easy to patch, adjust & build - you can build as packages or just a make install (though if make installing to /usr/local you'd likely want to link some extensions from other apps, ect.
    (I build the git master with make install & the current patched as .deb packages normally.

    Here using 6 patches in 13.04 & 7 in 12.10 -
    toolbar7.patch - make toolbar narrower, add parent button, move gear menu to the left side
    listtree3.patch - restore tree view in list mode
    nome.patch - show real owner name in list view
    open-with.patch - allow open with on folders
    recursive_search.patch - enable recursive searching
    New_Docu.patch - remove duped "New Document" in context if using plain text template
    + git_launcher_no_frame.patch in 12.10 - the bug in question
    screen is ex. in 13.04
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