Annoying duplicate KDE desktop icons

Alex Baer comet.friend at
Fri Sep 2 16:19:24 CEST 2011

Hi there,

first of all: I am new to this list and though I have looked at Xfce many 
times, I lonly now start thinking of making it my default desktop environment. 
I am on Slackware64 13.37 with Xfce 4.6.2 and some add-ons.

The reason I subscribed to this list is a little annoyance, cosmetic in 
nature, but still ugly, with desktop icons.

My main DE up to now is KDE, and therefore it is quite ok, that Xfce tries to 
adopt desktop icons in principle. However, I have now two icons for my $HOME 
folder. One is the actual folder, the other one is a text file looking like 

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Personal Files
GenericName[af]=Persoonlike Lêers
GenericName[x-test]=xxPersonal Filesxx

This is actually a "desktop configuration file". But the icon looks exactly like 
the actual folder icon, only that clicking on it opens a text editor instead 
of a file manager.

If I understand it correctly, KDE uses this file to look for non-English 
equivalents of the "Desktop" folder, such as "Arbeitsfläche" in my case 
(German), and puts icons for links and applications in that folder onto the 
desktop background.

In Xfce, however, the file has no use. As starting to use Xfce more often 
probably will not mean to drop KDE altogether for me, I dare to simply delete 
this file. Therefore my question is:

What's the best way to deal with it? How can I get this file out of way in 
Xfce, while preserving it for KDE?

Thanks a lot for your assistance!
(BTW: Of course I searched the web, but didn't find anything useful regarding 
this topic. But may be I didn't ask the search engine the right question, and  
if I just overlooked something, just point me there, please!)


   F9Race (Xfce newbie)

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