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Thread: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

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    Post Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    I am a new user of Lubuntu running lubuntu 13.10.
    I have used lubuntu only for about 1 month.
    Suddenly yesterday after lubuntu booted up, all my icons disappeared and I got the message "the specified directory is not valid.(attached)

    desktop 1_008.jpg

    When I open the PCManFM file manager and I clicked on desktop, the folder name looks wiered.
    Selection_010.png
    I tried restarting the computer and then I had the contents of my home folder on the desktop (i.e Documents, Downloads, Pictures etc.)
    I restarted again and now again there was nothing on the desktop(just like the first image)
    Even if I add a new shortcut to my desktop, it disappears on the next reboot.
    I can runn all the softwares without any problems.

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    Re: Desktop icons disappeared! Please Help

    1. Reinstall lubuntu, or
    2. issue apt-get clean. or
    3. go to /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and add sth like:

    X: <path_to_X> ignore DTT /dev/usb01,

    or
    4. Switch to Debian.

    I'd recommend last one.

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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    When giving advice please keep focus on the problem in question.

    1) is last resort
    2) does not change anything on the desktop environment
    3) something about USB - why?
    4) your personal preference is not what original poster is requesting.

    If you don't know the problem it's better to wait for someone who does.
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    Re: Desktop icons disappeared! Please Help

    Hi pixel2,
    I love lubuntu and plan to stick to it.
    I would prefer a solution to my problem so that if something like this happens again, I can fix it without depending on the community.
    Reinstalling will be my last resort because I might have to face broblems like this again and I cant keep reinstalling always.
    I believe there might be a fix to this.

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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    This is indeed weird. Would you please check the log-in page to insure that you are booting into Lubuntu (and not Openbox, LXDE, or some other option). It is unlikely but just check to see that Lubuntu is checked for log-in. It can be found by clicking the icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    When I installed lubuntu I set it not to ask password at startup so I don't have an option to check it that way. But when I logged out then I got the log-in screen and lubuntu was the selected option.

    Also sometimes I get this error.
    Selection_014.png

    I wonder if it has something to do with the desktop folder's permissions.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by eliezer2; March 7th, 2014 at 05:07 PM.

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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    Could you share the details with us? They might lead to the crux of the problem.
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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    Can you please tell me what details you want. Is it the details in the error window? I'llgive those details the next time I get the error. I should have copied it when I got the error erlier.
    Also whant to add something to the first post. Actually I found that when I add a new shortcut to the desktop, it doesn't disappear but it makes a shortcut in the "/home/user" folder.
    Also now when I click on desktop in the file manager, the name has changed to this:
    Selection_016.png
    What is the actual name that should have been instead of these characters?
    Last edited by eliezer2; March 8th, 2014 at 01:34 PM.

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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    Would you be using any particular desktop theme or fonts ? If so, please try with the default ones.
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    Re: Lubuntu 13.10: Desktop icons disappeared

    Quote Originally Posted by bapoumba View Post
    Would you be using any particular desktop theme or fonts ? If so, please try with the default ones.
    No I havent changed any fonts or themes.

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