Re: [Nautilus-list] run-nautilus

Darin Adler <darin bentspoon com> writes: 
>     1) Is it OK to not see the "manage desktop" switch at all in preferences if Nautilus
> is invoked this way and not already running?

The question I have here is "how do you turn the desktop back on"?
The natural thing is to run Nautilus from the menu, then go to prefs.
If you aren't managing the desktop then you don't normally have
Nautilus in your session, most likely. So to re-enable the desktop you
have to go to preferences.

>     2) Is it OK to remember the old setting of "manage desktop" and
> use that the next time Nautilus is invoked? The original idea was
> that at session startup time you would run "nautilus
> --no-default-window" which will manager the desktop if the
> preference is on and do nothing otherwise.

I would expect that to be fine. i.e. I see no real reason why running 
"nautilus --standalone-mode" or whatever should permanently toggle the
desktop setting. In fact it shouldn't, because if you use KDE first
and look at help in a GNOME app, then log in to GNOME for the first
time, we need to manage the desktop.

Thinking about this more, I think the best option is to leave the
.desktop file is, don't add any options, but make Nautilus able to
detect that the desktop is already managed and then avoid managing it.
Also, we can set the new WM spec hint for "I am a desktop window" on
the desktop window so kwm doesn't cover the KDE panel.

To detect that the desktop is already managed, for the short term we
use a cheesy hack "is KDE running", precise content of said hack to be
determined, for the long term we define a real mechanism (ownership of
the "desktop manager" selection, same as the window manager selection
in the ICCCM).


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