upon updating world yesterday I'm now missing all my XFCE4 desktop icons. During update I noticed that a lot of xfce packages were remerged.
After emerge finished I restarted X and voila... no more desktop icons. I already checked the settings manager but the desktop icons are activated and ~/Desktop still contains the correct files.
Even the standard icons that can be selected in the settings menu are missing (these are not created from the .desktop files in ~/Desktop).
I already did a google search but didn't but anything that really matched by problem (there were some problems which resulted in missing icons in the desktop context menu, but these are fine for me). I also tried switching the icon set from Rodent to Tango, but that doesn't change anything.
emerge tango-icon-theme, tangerine-icon-theme, xfce4-icon-theme or gnome-icon-theme... prolly some others will work too, like gartoon
You say "or", so one should suffice, right?
Well, like stated in the entry post I have the Tango icon theme (x11-themes/tango-icon-theme) installed and even though: no icons on the desktop.
Oh yeah, xfce4-icon-theme and the gnome one are also installed. I can select them in the settings manager, log out and restart X - but still no luck.
Same thing happened to me. I fixed it by deleting all my xfce settings from my home directory. Everything in .local, .share, .config. Anything I could find associated with either Xfce or xorg.
I just tried that, however don't have any ~/.share directory. I still cleaned most of the stuff in .local and .config, but still they desktop icons won't appear (and not even the default ones which should be there).
Samuli, Can you continue to help here? (I'll be unavailable for bug fixing for $num more days). Thanks.
Just wanted to add that completly removing .local and .config also doesn't change the situation.
etc-update also doesn't mention any config files that need updating.
emerge --info is missing...
Use desktop profile (use eselect profile to select one) to get USE thunar enabled by default...
There hasn't been other changes related to icons, unless you depcleaned all your icon themes away (emerge xfce4-icon-theme tango-icon-theme for example).
Thanks, you were right about the thunar USE-flag. I did not have it enabled.
In fact I disabled it right after I became aware of it. I'm not using thunar for file management purpose (but emelfm2), but it looks like a lot of xfce's functionality doesn't work that well when thunar support is disabled.
With the USE-flag enabled again the desktop icons reappeared. Thanks for your help Samuli, I never thought of thunat being the culprit :)