Annoying duplicate KDE desktop icons

Alex Baer comet.friend at
Sun Sep 11 01:52:14 CEST 2011

Am Dienstag, 6. September 2011, 18:57:35 schrieb Alex Baer:
> Am Dienstag, 6. September 2011, 18:29:08 schrieb Daniele:
> > I see,
> > 
> > On Tue, 2011-09-06 at 16:46 +0200, Alex Baer wrote:
> > > Yes, of course, that would solve it for Xfce. But then the file is
> > > hidden for KDE, as well, right? And in KDE, clicking on it opens the
> > > file manager (Dolphin) for $HOME. If the file was hidden, I could not
> > > click on it on my desktop.... ;
> > > n
> > 
> > and if you try a workaround like create your own startxfce4 adding some
> > lines to it?
> > 
> > for i in ~/Desktop/*.desktop; do mv $i .$i; done #add dot
> > [..]
> > [..]
> > for i in ~/Desktop/.*.desktop; do mv $i ${i#.}; done #remove dot
> > 
> > > That's why I am looking for some other approach, that may or may not
> > > exist. In fact, I thought, that .desktop and .directory files would be
> > > handled according to some standard (I don't recall, which one --- Free
> > > Desktop, may be...)  by KDE and Xfce, alike.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Daniele
> Nice idea, thanks!
> However, the .desktop file that annoys me, is owned by root.root. So I'd
> have to think about sudo etc., in order to make it work.
> Alex
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Hi Daniele,

it was easier than I thought: I just deleted the file, as you suggested in one 
of your former posts, and all is well.

So why did I not do this immediately? Because, up to know, I use KDE 
productively, and I was afraid that deleting a file that is owned by root.root, 
i. e. provided and owned by the system, would damage something.
I only dared to delete it, when I found out, that there are two Home.desktop 
files in my system, one under /usr/share/applications/kde4/ and one under 

In the first one there's a line 

I can only assume the second one was copied accidentally to ~/Desktop. 
Deleting it seems to cause no harm, up to now, and there's still a desktop 
linke to my /home/<user> in KDE. In Xfce I have such a link, too, but it's now 
just one.

So I guess, it's solved, now. However, I'll have to check, what happens, if I
(1) play around a little with "Activities" (or whatever this new concept of 
KDE is called correctly)
(2) use it much more intensily in many different scenarios and use cases.

But for now all looks good. Thanks for your support!


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