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Desktop icons missing in Ubuntu

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I'm running XubunTOS in as a client under VMWare Server 2.0. It didn't come with the nautilus command, so I installed it. As soon as I did all my desktop icons disappeared.

Looking at forums,I saw that I should run gconf-editor and be sure nautilus was set to show_desktop. It is, to to be sure I toggled the value twice. Still no joy. Ideas?

btw, possibly related, I was installing the nautilus command so I could browse my network. But when I run nautilus, it doesn't find it. I have another VM of the pure Ubuntu that can browse my network just fine.

--Bill
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by:Andrew Doades
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have you tried this?

alt-f2
then type... nautlius...
do your desktop icons showup now?
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Andrew Doades earned 500 total points
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done a little more experimenting and found this...

add nautilus to the session startup. System...preferences... sessions... and add a new program with nautilus as the command.
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by:BlearyEye
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Well, that worked, thx.

However my version of Ubuntu doesn't have Preferences under System. How can I enable that?
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by:Andrew Doades
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Ah you have Xubuntu, Is there something like administration or under application system or administration?
Xubuntu is a little bare.
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by:James Murrell
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nice answer doades, wish i saw this earlier... thats what i was going to say
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by:BlearyEye
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Ah, found an "autostarted applications" button. Added nautilus there, all's well. Thx.
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