Re: cutomize default desktop icons

On 20 Feb 2002, Ben FrantzDale wrote:

> On Wed, 2002-02-20 at 01:10, Jehan Procaccia int-evry fr wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I search the lists and google, and I can't find a way to have for example 
> > a netscape icon on the a default desktop for all my users. It could also 
> > be an icon on the panel if it is easier ...
> > 
> > I would like to have something like simply creating a netscape.desktop 
> > file somewhere like /usr/share/gnome/desktop/netscape.desktop, so that 
> > every user logging to the workstation get defaults icons on their desktop 
> > or in the panel .
> > 
> > I hope there's a better way than copying a ~user/.gnome-desktop of a model 
> > user to everyone's ~user/.gnome-destop directory -> what a waste of 
> > space,time and maintenance !.
> Unfortunately, the desktop is just another directory. As such it
> wouldn't make sense to have icons on it be anything other than files. It
> shouldn't be too hard to write a quick script to copy a netscape.desktop
> file to everyone's .gnome-desktop directory. In the future, you should
> be able to add that to /etc/skel.
> --Ben

What do you mean by "another directory" ? an other directory than 
~user/.gnome-desktop ? I understood that icons are only something.desktop 
text files describing that something to run !? I simply wanted to 
centralize for every user those icon files . 

If it is not possible in the desktop, would it be in the panel ?
The only way I found to "centralize" things for all users is in 
/usr/share/gnome/apps/Applications/, but that menu is very less visible 
than direct icons on the desktop or on the pannel, I could'nt even move my 
centralized personnal menu in the top menu, it has to be in the apps 
(appearing as "Programs") submenu . 
For now, I find the gnome menu/icons management 
very limitative in large institution where thousands of users log on 
shared machines. 
I remember for example the possibility with fvwm to give all 
users on the machine a standard fvwm conf file . Is this possibility 
unavailable on gnome ?. I don't want to duplicate icons file on every 
user homedir/.gnome-desktop !, as I stated above it would be a waste of 
space disk, time, and what if I want to change/add/delete icons !. 

Thanks for your help.

Jehan Procaccia
Institut National des Telecommunications| Email: Jehan Procaccia int-evry fr 
MCI, Moyens Communs Informatiques	| Tel  : +33 (0) 160764436 
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