Annoying duplicate KDE desktop icons

Charlie Kravetz cjk at
Fri Sep 2 17:01:02 CEST 2011

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On Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:19:24 +0200
Alex Baer <comet.friend at> wrote:

> 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 $HOME 
> folder. One is the actual folder, the other one is a text file looking like 
> this:
> [Desktop Entry]
> Encoding=UTF-8
> Name=Home
> Name[af]=Tuiste
> ...
> GenericName=Personal Files
> GenericName[af]=Persoonlike Lêers
> ...
> GenericName[x-test]=xxPersonal Filesxx
> GenericName[zh_CN]=个人文件
> GenericName[zh_TW]=個人檔案
> URL[$e]=$HOME
> Icon=user-home
> Type=Link
> 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!)
> Regards,
>    F9Race (Xfce newbie)

One way to insure the icon is not shown in Xfce but can still be shown
in any other desktop environment is to add a line to the above file:


This will stop the item from appearing in Xfce only.

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