Solved GNOME 3 showing files, folders and links on the Desktop

obsigna

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You know the joke, some people maintain their desktop unoccupied in order to allow occasional landings of helicopters (in order not to tell those people lazy – of course there was never anything looking like work placed on their desktops).

Now GNOME 3 seems to promote this joke to a principle. I searched the internet the whole morning, and none of the offered solutions seem to allow me to occupy my Desktop with work:
  • GNOME 3 - desktop is clean like a helicopter landing place
  • GNOME 3 classic - gray bars at the top and the bottom, but still nothing on the Desktop
  • dconf editor → org → gnome → desktop → background → enable show-desktop-icons
    → still nothing
  • install the Desktop Icon Shell extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1465/desktop-icons/
    Code:
    fetch https://extensions.gnome.org/extension-data/desktop-icons%40csoriano.v10.shell-extension.zip
    unzip -c ~/desktop-icons%40csoriano.v10.shell-extension.zip metadata.json | grep uuid | cut -d \" -f4
    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/desktop-icons@csoriano
    unzip -q ~/desktop-icons%40csoriano.v10.shell-extension.zip -d ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/desktop-icons@csoriano
    gnome-shell-extension-tool -e desktop-icons@csoriano
    → installation went smooth, yet nothing
Nothing works for a worker’s desktop. More ideas?
 
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Sevendogsbsd

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I haven't used Gnome 3 in a long time but I THOUGHT I read something last year where they were removing the (native) capability to have desktop items completely.
 
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obsigna

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I got it working. I needed to install Nautilus 3.30.5 along with the above mentioned Desktop Icon Shell extension:
Code:
# mkdir -p ~/install/custom-ports/x11-fm
# cp -rp /usr/ports/x11-fm/nautilus ~/install/custom-ports/x11-fm/nautilus
# cd ~/install/custom-ports/x11-fm/nautilus
# sed -e "s/3.28.1/3.30.5/" -i "" Makefile
# make makesum
# rm files/*
# pkg install meson
# pkg install pkgconf
# make deinstall
# make install clean

Now I need to figure out, how to make these icons less giant, but that’s another story, I guess.
 

Sevendogsbsd

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OK, the giant icons (I think) can be made smaller by opening nautilus and clicking ctrl and rolling the mouse wheel. Might be a nautilus option to resize as well but not sure - gnome devs seem to remove more and more options with every release...
 

kpedersen

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Usually you can install the semi-third party tool Gnome Tweak to change this setting. Is that not the case on the FreeBSD Gnome 3 port?
gnome devs seem to remove more and more options with every release...

I don't know. It wasn't the Gnome devs who removed Gnome 2 from FreeBSD's repo. It was a FreeBSD package maintainer who did the heinous crime ;)

Note: I don't blame the package maintainer; I do however believe it to be a flaw with how the FreeBSD ports system works (and FOSS operating systems in general).
 

twllnbrck

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gnome devs seem to remove more and more options with every release...
I think they make it almost unusable. Who is really going to be able to make sense of all of that tweaks and dconf-editor and css hacking?

BTW, you can only make the icons smaller to a degree of 50% - which is still large.
 
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