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I have used mount --bind to mirror my Windows desktop folder to Ubuntu. I have set it up to mount on boot but the desktop does not refresh the icons so I have to logout and log back in to make the icons appear.

Thanks in advance.


I am running 12.10 if that changes anything.

Also I have tried killall nautilus.

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Also right click in the applications folder on the .desktop icon and add to the desktop folder.

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You shouldn't have to log out. Nautilus is responsible for rendering desktop icons, so just open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t), and then type killall nautilus. Your desktop icons will disappear, but they should come back shortly. If they don't come back, you can type Alt+F2 and then type nautilus to get the icons back (don't run nautilus in the terminal because it'll just get killed again when you close the terminal).

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I tried that... it only closes the current windows open... and running nautilus only opens a new window. I am currently running 12.10 if that changes anything. – Leinardo Smith Apr 12 '13 at 22:47
This worked for me. However the icons only remained visible while the terminal was up. I suggest running "nohup nautilus &" in order to close the terminal, and keep the icons visible. – Trevor Hickey Dec 30 '14 at 22:55

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