View Full Version : [gnome] Nautilus desktop icons

Stuart P. Bentley
January 8th, 2010, 06:50 PM
Where does Nautilus store desktop icon positions in Karmic? Most sites listed it as being in ~/.nautilus/metafiles/Desktop.xml, but ~/.nautilus is empty in Karmic.

Stuart P. Bentley
January 15th, 2010, 01:01 PM

January 27th, 2010, 06:12 PM
Just bumping this as I have the same problem. Anyone? Please?

January 27th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Don't know if this is what you want


January 27th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Im not quite shure but probably somewhere in gconf?

Try looking around in gconf-editor

For me it stores the icon positions to whereever I put them. Never wondered really on how to change those on config level.

January 28th, 2010, 11:54 AM
Looks like at least all my desktop filenames are found in binary file ~/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/home . Not sure how to edit though. My problem is not being able to move my desktop icons to another screen :/

April 30th, 2010, 02:12 PM
I have a similar problem with an empty .nautilus/metafile

I need to backup all emblems I attached to files..
Well, not the icons themselves, but the information WHICH emblem was attached to WHICH file...

May 3rd, 2010, 06:15 AM
I have the same question..
I read the source code, but still confused..

In fm-icon-view.c ,there is a comments like this:
/* If it is the desktop directory, maybe the gnome-libs metadata has information about it */

but this doesn't help, what is gnome-libs? too old ?

May 3rd, 2010, 02:19 PM
I debug quite some time , and found that nautilus use g_file_set_attributes_async() to store position info of icons. (at least for desktop)

key = "metadata:nautilus-icon-position"
value is the x,y of the icon.

so , I need some more time to figure out how the info is stored. Or somebody else can help?