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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.5 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020809
Description of problem:
Icons not appearing on desktop until nautilus is launched manually
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Login in to RH 8.0
2.No desktop icons
3.Click home folder, icons appear
Actual Results: After loggin in desktop icons do not appear until nautilus is
Expected Results: After logging in desktop icons should be present.
Same problem on a workstation and a laptop, other I know are not seeing this
problem, have added three new desktop icons on laptop and five on workstation.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 76149 ***
It definetly seems very similar to the previuos issues with gnome 1.4. Deleting
the .gnome dir's seems to fix it, although redoing all your preferences is no
fun :-(. Is their a particular file that is know to corrupt?
See the questions on bug #76149