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Hide files and folders on GNOME Desktop.

Terminal - Hide files and folders on GNOME Desktop.
gconftool-2 --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop --type bool 0
2010-10-05 19:39:42
User: vxbinaca
Hide files and folders on GNOME Desktop.

What you're really trying to do is make all the icons go away, right? It's not that hard, guys. Saves a lot of heart ache and hard drive activity to just tell Gnome to not display the icons.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
cd ~/Desktop && for FILES in $(ls); do mv $FILES .${FILES}; done

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What others think

I'm thinking they're not getting specific about what to hide so as to leave it up to the reader. If not, yeah, they really should just use gconftool2 to turn them off.

Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 322 weeks and 1 day ago

I mean, why move files around or rename them?

Seems like a trip to Google or a manpage would fix most Unix problems.

Comment by vxbinaca 322 weeks and 1 day ago

Almost all know how to hide or show icons. The receipt was about _temporary_ hidding the files on your Desktop from CLI, e.g.

cd ~/Desktop; ls *.flv >.hidden; killall nautilus

rm .hidden; killall nautilus

Comment by bogomips 322 weeks and 1 day ago

then take my command and change the 0 to a 1. You could use an AT scheduler to run it 5 minutes later or something to change it back. You're trying to hide it from Gnome, not the Bash. Thats how this all started.

Comment by vxbinaca 322 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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