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#1 2012-10-08 19:39:03

nuc
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Registered: 2012-04-28
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xfce "forgets" icon positions

Hi!
Every time after logging into a xfce my icon positions get lost. All icons go into the middle row of my desktop (I suppose it's the default position).
When I use compiz as a window manager, the icons also lose their position, but go the the left side of the screen.

Any suggestions how to solve this issue?


best regards
nuc

PS: On my Laptop (also ArchLinux) everything works fine.

EDIT:
just found this bug: https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=9192

Last edited by nuc (2012-10-08 21:08:33)


my system:
ArchLinux
xfce 4.10

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#2 2012-10-09 02:39:40

golinux
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Registered: 2011-11-19
Posts: 30

Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

nuc wrote:

Hi!
Every time after logging into a xfce my icon positions get lost. All icons go into the middle row of my desktop (I suppose it's the default position).
When I use compiz as a window manager, the icons also lose their position, but go the the left side of the screen.

Any suggestions how to solve this issue?

Since XFCE is currently useless as a traditional desktop, I surrendered and  solved the problem by eliminating all desktop icons and instead linking them to a hidden top panel.  For convenience, I still do keep some dot folders hidden on the desktop.   Since I can't see them they can move around at random and it makes no difference.  Since the switch, I'm actually liking an empty desktop . . .

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#3 2012-10-09 11:42:38

nuc
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Registered: 2012-04-28
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Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

So this is a common issue?
What I did notice is that desktop icons in xfce are not implemented very professionally,  e.g. try to move several marked icons or change the row size of your panel and you'll see how all the desktop icons will mess up. Even moving just one icon "feels" kinda unprofessional (surely you know what I mean).
Saying xfce is "useless" as traditional desktop is just not true. GNOME 3 is useless. xfce has potential and I'm sure xfce devs have already discussed improving the situation (click) but till now nothing changed.
So: What do the devs say?

Last edited by nuc (2012-10-09 13:05:03)


my system:
ArchLinux
xfce 4.10

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#4 2012-10-09 14:04:36

golinux
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Registered: 2011-11-19
Posts: 30

Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

nuc wrote:

So this is a common issue?

I believe so.  There is no way (that I have found) to place icons in specific places on the desktop and have them stay there.

nuc wrote:

Saying xfce is "useless" as traditional desktop is just not true.

Let me qualify that . . . icons on the desktop are useless.  Everything else works quite well.

nuc wrote:

GNOME 3 is useless. xfce has potential . . .

Which is why I'll be using XFCE (and not Gnome 3) when Wheezy goes stable.

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#5 2012-10-09 18:15:44

ToZ
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From: Toronto, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-02
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Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

Perhaps this thread might be of some help: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1919849. See post #5.

Last edited by ToZ (2012-10-09 18:16:30)

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#6 2013-09-14 12:18:22

ts14ic
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Registered: 2013-09-14
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Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

A working workaround here:
http://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?pid=30787#p30787
Maybe it will work for you smile

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#7 2014-08-10 19:05:16

rijnsma
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From: NL
Registered: 2011-09-05
Posts: 28

Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

Why doing a new Xfce, while things are not right???
I'm not fond of bad code while there's better (also when it is not the newest..)

I do have the problem.
(I never saw jumping icons on the desk in Xubuntu 12.04 for instance...
only somewhere in the Gnome 2 period with icons on panels with earlier distro's..)

Last edited by rijnsma (2014-08-10 19:10:03)

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#8 2014-08-17 16:46:42

rijnsma
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From: NL
Registered: 2011-09-05
Posts: 28

Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

Ok. Now I'm back to Mint 17 until about 2019 with the smooth and fast MATE DT (it was a clone on my shelve because I saw Linux Lite).
After two weeks of fighting with Xfce icon-positions in Linux Lite.... grrrr..  I'm done.

It was not an emergency, not every icon jumped, but I felt it like annoyance and before one knows it is an obsession...
Why?.. with this very nice desktop which served me so well in Xubuntu 12.04??
I don't want to workaround icons.


Edit character.

Last edited by rijnsma (2014-08-18 10:34:41)

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#9 2014-08-17 23:53:39

MountainDewManiac
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Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

rijnsma wrote:

Why doing a new Xfce, while things are not right?

If everything was perfect, there would be no need to create a newer version.

Interesting that you've had the same issue across multiple distros. I've never experienced it (I wish I knew what is different with your setup, so I'd be able to help).

I, too, have learned the beauty of a "cleared" desktop. But when I'm working on files, I often save them there to remind me to continue when next I turn the computer on - and they are still exactly where I've paced them.

Regards,
MDM

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#10 2014-08-18 10:26:04

rijnsma
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From: NL
Registered: 2011-09-05
Posts: 28

Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

MountainDewManiac wrote:

If everything was perfect, there would be no need to create a newer version.

I don't agree with you.
Xubuntu 12.04 tt LTS served me fantastic.
In Linux Lite I had the new Xfce... so there some icons went nuts. Another member on their forum reported it too.
That is a pity I think for a very nice desktop-software over the years (not very, very popular maybe, but don't distroy it like KDE old and/or Gnome 2?)...

I also had the problem in WattOS for a period, about 4 years ago when I made it Xfce instead of Lxde.
And I have had it on panels in an old version of PCLOS but that was Gnome 2. These bugs disappeared after updates.

A desktop (with one click control) for me is the most important, handy, fast, free configurable switchboard (along the menu, wich is not so fast and the very important 'out of the way-icon'-panels which áre fast). It is also a display which has an appearance I like, like it always was meant from the time there was an Apple Lisa, Atari etc. and I like it to stay that way.  big_smile
A pc is certainly not a handheld or such in my eyes. A handheld does not really need a desktop. Maybe even a tablet not, but one can discuss that one.

I'm back in Mint MATE 17 Qiana LTS now like I wrote, until 2019 I hope. I made it a clone here when I tested LLite.
Mint 17 MATE LTS is doing super (also rather fast). I can do my work the way I like it. Thanks for answering. Good luck! big_smile

Last edited by rijnsma (2014-08-18 10:47:09)

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#11 2014-11-18 08:25:36

Marc73
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Registered: 2014-11-18
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Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

Hi,

Here is something that worked for me.

I noticed that the problem appeared when I created a panel along the upper side of the screen.
When I changed this panel from 32 pixels to 40 pixels, it solved the issue. I noticed that the icons sometimes got slightly under the panel what gave me the idea of trying to change the size of the panel.
Hope this can help others and maybe help identify the origin of the bug.

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#12 2014-11-18 09:54:48

rijnsma
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From: NL
Registered: 2011-09-05
Posts: 28

Re: xfce "forgets" icon positions

I've experimented too with what you write. I also see the fenomena for at least 3 years in Ubuntu-distro's.
But the solution did not work always here.

Hope this can help others and maybe help identify the origin of the bug.

Great post!
Let's wait. I have not enough knowledge to repair it under the hood by myself. :wink:

Last edited by rijnsma (2014-11-18 09:57:06)

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