Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 435089
Nautilus update breaks all desktop icons
Last modified: 2015-03-03 17:32:08 EST
Description of problem:
updating to nautilus-2.20.0-8.fc8 results in all desktop icons lost and no
chance to recovery them. This occurred on 3 different systems (1 x86_64, two
i386), all running f8 fully up-to-date and gnome. I didn't find any way to
recover the icons, evening trying to select a new icon doesn't work. Dowgrading
to nautilus-2.20.0-6.fc8 solves the issue
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. upgrade to 2.20.0-8.fc8, login/login again, or reboot
2. all desktop icons are lost (those belonging to user made launchers, as well
as those pointing to system applications which have been put on the desktop)
3. trying to reselect them (manually) fails because the menu never shows any
icon in directories like /usr/share/pixmaps etc
Desktop icons are lost and apparently they cannot be retrieved even
right-clicking and selecting them manually (the browsing menu never shows any
icon even in the system directories where they are)
They should obviously stay
What is your used theme? I'm currently running nautilus-2.20.0-8.fc8 on x86_64
with no problems (and also on 2 other machines), it must be something specific
on your system. Is selinux enabled? And if yes, are there any AVC denials?
The three machines were running each one different themes, one the default one,
a second a custom theme, the third one a theme out of the gnome-extra-themes (or
Selinux was activated on two, it was activated on the third one as well but
actually set in permissive mode (for samba). None of the machines signaled an AVC.
Investigating further (and looking at some answers on the fedora list), I
arrived at the following conclusions:
a) the problem appears for the account which is logged in when the update is
performed (and only for that account)
b) going back to the old nautilus solves the problem
c) going back to the "old" nautilus, logging off, telinit 3, yum update,
removing all temporary directories like .gconf... inside /tmp, telinit 5,
logging in again results in a successful update with all icons in place
d) I don't know which one of the steps above is the "critical" one, ie removing
the temporary directories (like somebody suggested on the fedora discussion
list) rather than upgrading when logout, or both
e) since a couple of persons mentioned the issue on the fedora list I don't
believe I am the only one who met it. Among the solutions which apparently
worked for somebody else on the list, one was to delete .gnome2 in the home
directory and copy it back from another account (an ugly solution if one has a
highly customized desktop)
Let me know if I can help more
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