[CentOS] Persistent desktop icons ?

Ross Walker rswwalker at gmail.com
Thu Oct 22 14:43:20 UTC 2009


On Oct 22, 2009, at 8:46 AM, Niki Kovacs <contact at kikinovak.net> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Is it possible to configure persistent desktop icons, e. g. shortcuts
> that users can't delete ? On most of my client desktops, I have some
> home-made shortcuts, like here for example :
>
> http://www.microlinux.fr/configurations.html
>
> The shortcut on the lower left corner of the screen launches the  
> public
> library management system.
>
> Most of the users are quite computer-illiterate, and more often than
> not, they tend to erase these shortcuts (and then call me panic- 
> stricken
> at 07:00 in the morning :oD).
>
> To configure the shortcuts themselves, I just edit a .desktop file by
> hand. I tried various combinations of chown and chmod, but to no  
> avail.
> Even if there are minimum access rights, the thing can still be erased
> with a right click.
>
> Now I vaguely remember that a standard openSUSE install has something
> like persistent desktop shortcuts (for the SUSE help center or  
> something
> like that), and I wonder: how do they do it ?
>
> Any suggestions ?

Look under /usr/share/(apps,applications,...) there should be a  
directory called Desktop that is used for both KDE and Gnome, part of  
the freedesktop initiative (like LSB for Linux GUIs).

# find /usr/share -t d -name Desktop -print

-Ross



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