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#1 2009-09-25 19:42:11

KitchM
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Registered: 2009-08-15
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Protect Desktop Settings

Does anyone know how to lock-down the desktop elements so that icons don't move around and other components stay the way one last left them?

Thanks.

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#2 2009-10-20 05:51:12

s0ulslack
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

KitchM,

If whatever your wanting to lock down etc is a setting stored in xfconf, should be able to do it.  Settings-> Settings Editor.

GL

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#3 2009-10-24 17:40:36

KitchM
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Are you implying that the desktop settings are stored in xfconf?  If so, where is that file located?

Thanks.

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#4 2009-10-24 20:14:42

s0ulslack
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

As I said, some are... poke through the Settings Editor to see what is stored in xfconf.  As for the file, its ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/

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#5 2009-10-24 20:25:00

ManOfSteel
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Registered: 2005-10-06
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

If by "desktop elements", you mean the icons - files, directories, Xfce-specific (Home, Trash, etc.) - and their row/column coordinates, then check the desktop "grid" in ~/.config/xfce4/desktop/icons.screen0.rc

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#6 2009-10-25 16:36:03

KitchM
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Thanks all.

I can't find any setting that says something like "AllowChange=false".  It appears that the system allows continuous change by unknown entities.  Since that doesn't appear to be a setting in Settings Manager, I'm at a loss as to what to look for.

Maybe the coders failed to build in that safeguard.  I guess it would be good to know if it exists or not.  Still, isn't that normally a foundational part of desktop design?

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#7 2009-10-25 18:41:36

s0ulslack
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Your going to have to lock down each individual setting manaually, ie; xfce4-desktop-> backdrop-> screen0-> image-path.  There is no general lock down, you'll have todo it for each setting afaik.  You might look up kiosk mode on the wiki, not sure if it contains anything current or not

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#8 2009-10-26 15:14:15

KitchM
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Thanks.  I'll go ahead and close this post then.  There seems to be nothing that can be done in any simple way.

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#9 2009-10-26 15:38:17

ManOfSteel
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Have you checked kiosk mode as s0ulslack proposed, yet?

If it works as it's supposed to (I haven't tried), then it should do what you're looking for. Plus it seems quite simple.

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#10 2009-10-26 21:18:26

KitchM
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Posts: 90

Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Thanks.  However, that looks like a lot of hassle for what is needed.  Also, the explanation of the various settings is somewhat sparse and imprecise.

One could also create a script to copy the necessary files upon shutdown, and then copy them back upon startup again.

Thanks again.

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#11 2009-10-26 23:42:29

s0ulslack
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Re: Protect Desktop Settings

Whats that one saying, good things don't come easy? smile It may be some initial work, but after that it'd be pretty simple to copy the xfconf file to new members etc

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