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Thread: Desktop Icon Issues Gnome Desktop

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2020

    Desktop Icon Issues Gnome Desktop

    Hello I am running Xubuntu 20.04

    I recently tried a new desktop environment gnome desktop 3

    When I first logged in there were no desktop icons but I found a document on how to use the tweak tool snap to enable them.

    The enabled but look like generic document icons and are named in the convention of Application.Desktop

    Under the desktop folder in the file manager however they look normal and function normal

    But if I double click them from the desktop this error appears.

    Failed to add plugin to panel own: The name org.xfce.Panel was not provided by any .service files

    I tried to follow another doc which suggested copying icons from the usr/share/applications folder to desktop and I tried that and got a dialog asking me to approve the launching the file gave permission but nothing changed still Icon looks weird and receive the error stated above.

    I must be really dumb because adding an icon to the desktop shouldn't be a 7 hour ordeal.

    Can someone help please

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2020

    Re: Desktop Icon Issues Gnome Desktop

    I can't help you because I am using Ubuntu 20.04 (gnome) rather than Xubuntu 20.04 (xfce). I do want to tell you that you are not dumb, desktop icons are (highly) discouraged from my perspective as a new Ubuntu user. In Ubuntu (using gnome), you can install tweaks as you have done but it only allows for home and trash icons on the desktop.

    I can offer a guess toward your problem. Are the Application.Desktop icons you mention marked as executable? Check the icon with a right click, properties, permissions.

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