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I want the Devil on my desktop!!!!!
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Pete22


Joined: 08 May 2009
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Location: Utah, USA

PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 14:34    Post subject:  I want the Devil on my desktop!!!!!
Subject description: Xfce Desktop : a new Icon for a directory
 

Hi puppy friends,

I am reading the book the Screwtape letters.
I want an Icon on the desktop to my files of notes
on each chapter. They are all in one directory. I want
to put the freeBSD.png icon on the directory link
on my desktop, but it won't do it.


See the picture: my documents folder shows the devil icon
In the desktop directory you also see the devil icon

On on the left you will see the desktop icon for
screwtape letters is a folder!

Why won't the devil show on the desktop???

How can I tell the devil where to go???
Wink Wink

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humblesoul

Joined: 06 Apr 2012
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 15:28    Post subject:  

Right click folder, select set icon and drag the devil in. May also need to go to menu, desktop, desktop template, save custom and select custom for persistence.
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Pete22


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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 16:15    Post subject:  

Thanks for replying humblesoul.

I checked and the icon is already in the folder.

I am doing this in Saluki.
It does not have a menu item for desktop.

If I could go where you suggest it might work.
I will try and see if I can find these files
in a different way,

Thanks for the ideas.

pete
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humblesoul

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 16:34    Post subject:  

Not familiar with xfce nor saluki so may be wrong. What I meant was that if you right click the screwtape folder options should appear one of which is 'set icon'. Click on that and a dialogue should appear with instructions to drag and drop an icon to that dialogue to associate your chosen icon with that folder.
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SFR


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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 16:52    Post subject:  

Hi Pete22.

I just started to play with Saluki and couldn't find a way to customize folders this way, but perhaps this would help:

1. Right-click on desktop and choose Create Launcher...
2. In the Name field, type any name.
3. In the Command field, type: exo-open /path/to/folder
4. Then click No icon -> Select icon from -> Image files and browse to your icon file.
5. Click Create.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 16:59    Post subject:  

Maybe you should give it the .desktop extension - maybe that's how Xfce decides which file is actually a desktop icon.
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Pete22


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Location: Utah, USA

PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 19:17    Post subject:  Success!!  

@SFR
@Iguleder
@humblesoul


I did it. !!!

Using the launcher was part of the solution. I could name the
launcher, and then ink it to the right folder and give it the
right icon.

Then I remembered someone taught me to open a folder by
linking it to the command exo-open. That did it. Now the
devil opens my screwtape folder!!!!

Many thanks for your ideas.


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Pete22


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PostPosted: Thu 12 Apr 2012, 20:06    Post subject:  Trouble again.  

Not sure why, but now, the directory flashes open, and immediately closes.

What the devil [pun intended] is going on???????

Pete
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CatDude


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PostPosted: Fri 13 Apr 2012, 06:35    Post subject:  

Hello Pete22

Pete22 wrote:
...How can I tell the devil where to go??? Wink Wink


It should be as simple as this:

Create a file in /root/Desktop
something like: screwtape.desktop

Then open it in Geany and enter the following:

Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Type=Application
NoDisplay=true
Name=Screwtape
Exec=Thunar /path/to/your/screwtape-letters/directory
Icon=/path/to/your/icon


Obviously, you need to put the correct paths on the Exec= and Icon= lines

Hope this helps
CatDude
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Pete22


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PostPosted: Fri 13 Apr 2012, 20:29    Post subject:    

Thank you CatDude!

That worked!!!!. I did not realize I needed to add that the folder needed to be opened with a file manager.

I sent the devil where he was supposed to go.
I am going to keep him out of mischief
by making him work on my desktop.
Wink

The solution was so simple, yet I could not find the answer.
Stuff like this reminds me of DOS in the old days
I had a little booklet with the 100 most used commands
Is there a cheat sheet with basic linux commands?

I've read lots of your posts and tutorials here at the puppy forum.
Your directions are very clear and so helpful for folks like me.

Thanks again for your efforts.


Pete
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mini-jaguar

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Apr 2012, 06:38    Post subject:  

Not the devil, Beastie is a daemon I think.
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arcanis


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Location: Columbus, Ohio

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr 2012, 15:21    Post subject:  

You might think me superstitious, but I generally try to avoid using references to the diabolical, simply because I find that they are always prone to trouble. I, personally, would never want Old Scratch on my desktop. Such references draws....them.

I have even passed up cheap and usable hardware marketed under the Diablotech name because of the meaning of Diablo in Spanish.

On the other hand, the usage of daemons as processes in Linux has never been an issue because I think of the usage in ancient Greece, before the word had it's more popular and "Christianized" meaning.

I am also unlikely to play around with any variation of BSD! lol.
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arcanis


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Location: Columbus, Ohio

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr 2012, 15:26    Post subject:  

Seriously, though, when I first came to this forum, I sometimes did not realize that there were already compiled lists of places to look for help, and I thought everything Puppy was very scattered and clumsy to navigate. But, then again, I started out on Linux Mint!

Here are two very valuable threads to keep in mind whenever questions surface which might be helped by messing around under the hood:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=597

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=65511

Hope this helps!
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