Idesk is a simple program for putting icons on your X desktop. It can also manage your wallpaper with a built in changer similar to that found in Windows 7.
Install from the official repositories, then set up in your home directory:
$ mkdir ~/.idesktop $ cp /usr/share/idesk/dot.ideskrc ~/.ideskrc
$ cp /usr/share/idesk/default.lnk ~/.idesktop/
(the default icon just runs Xdialog to display a little message but can be used as a template)
The idesk package doesn't come with a man page, but it does come with a readme file:
/usr/share/idesk/README. There's also documentation on SourceForge.net, even though most of the options are self-explanatory.
If you're using another program for setting wallpaper (such as feh) the defaults will work fine (you may want to set
Background.Source to "/" to silence the error messages).
Background.Source seems to take predence over
Background.File; however, it is ignored if
Background.Delay is set to 0.
Supported wallpaper formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF, and XPM.
Idesk looks in
~/.idesktop for files which names end with
.lnk for icons. Each file should define one icon (if you attempt to define a second icon is will be silently ignored). Aside from ending with
.lnk, the files' names are not important.
Example for Chromium:
table Icon Caption: Chromium ToolTip.Caption: Google's OSS Web Browser Icon: /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/chromium.png Width: 32 Height: 32 X: 977 Y: 369 Command: chromium end
Height should match the actual dimensions of the icon.
Y will be modified by idesk to reflect the icon's actual position.
- Most system icons can be found in the following locations:
- If you are wondering which size to use for your icons, 48x48 is a decent standard size for desktop icons.
I've noticed that icons seem to show the contents of semi-transparent urxvt windows that are on other desktops... I'm not sure it this's the fault of idesk, urxvt, OpenBox, or xcompmgr. It's not that irritating, so I do not plan to look into it, but it is odd... --Solarshado 01:09, 3 November 2010 (EDT)