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Thread: Is it possible to permanently lock launcher icons?

  1. #1
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    Jun 2011

    Is it possible to permanently lock launcher icons?

    I have installed Ubuntu onto my parents laptop. They are around their 80s. They manage to remove icons from the launcher accidentally again and again. I have to put them back manually, only to find them removed again two weeks later. Of course they'll swear "they did nothing like that". They also reorder the icons accidentally, so remote support becomes harder, although that isn't nearly as bad.

    Is it possible to lock icons to the launcher so the user can't remove them? Just removing the option on the quicklist to unlock the icon would be fine.

    Locking its position would be great too.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2007

    Re: Is it possible to permanently lock launcher icons?

    There is something in dconf that 'supposedly' allows the locking of individual dconf keys but I've seen no comfirmed instance where this will work in Ubuntu

    info page -

    There are at least 2 threads in ask ubuntu that suggested & implied that dconf lockdown would work, I've not seen it confirmed
    Here's 1 where apparently it didn't work based on the OP filing a bug
    *though the bug report is a bit 'confused' as I just commented on

    Edit: - even if dconf lockdown worked I'm not sure how it could prevent removing and or moving icons. So at best it may only be the same as below which should reset to desired on every login

    In lieu of that you could do something else though you'd need to test a bit for any unintended stuff
    You could create a small startup script that resets the unity launcher's favorites config upon login using a gsettings set command.

    This way if anything was changed or moved it would be set back to how you've set it
    Pretty easy to do, let me know if need be
    Last edited by mc4man; July 13th, 2012 at 01:03 AM.

  3. #3
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    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Is it possible to permanently lock launcher icons?

    maybe add a script to autostart, it would set desktop.unity.launcher.favorites in dconf to the predefined value every time user logs in. It wouldn't prevent removing and reordering stuff but would autofix the launcher with simple logout/login. It would be a decent half-measure i think.

    edit: i haven't noticed mc4man already suggested such a solution
    Last edited by Vaphell; July 13th, 2012 at 11:02 AM.

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