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They just showed up this afternoon.

Launcher Icons

Currently running applications (off the top of my head):

  • Chrome
  • Skype
  • PHPStorm
  • Pandora
  • XChat
  • Terminal
  • Dropbox
  • Conky
  • Vagrant (1 VM running)
  • Terminal

I quit all applications and the icons didn't go away. Has anybody else experienced this? Does anybody have at least some pointers for how to figure out what's even going on?

Thanks, any help is much appreciated!


Forgot to mention: each of the launcher icons has a blank menuitem where the program name should be and "unlock from launcher" and "quit" that show up upon right clicking the icon. None of these actually do anything when clicked, though.

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I don't know the answer, but holy mother your desktop is sexy – jackweirdy Apr 15 '13 at 11:24
Does this problem persists if you logout and log back in? I think the problem may be in some .desktop files that are located at $HOME/.local/share/applications/, /usr/local/share/applications/ or /usr/share/applications/. Can you cd into these 3 and then execute grep -ir icon . then we can check if for each "icon=/path/icon" there is really an icon path? – desgua Apr 15 '13 at 11:36
@jackweirdy haha, thanks! The wallpaper is actually one of the default ones that shipped with quantal. The conky skin is Conky Lua ( – John P Bloch Apr 15 '13 at 12:07
@desgua the problem does not persist between login sessions. I'm not actually even sure how to recreate the issue either, so for now, it's "fixed"; I used grep -ir icon $HOME/.local/share/applications/ /usr/share/applications/ /usr/local/share/applications/ | sed 's/.*Icon=\(.*\)/\1/p;s/.*\.desktop.*//p' | sort | uniq to get all icon names/paths. Looped through to weed out the absolute paths that actually do exist and got this list: How do I check if all of those have icons exist? – John P Bloch Apr 15 '13 at 12:28
I suspect from some of the Windows programs because Nautilus can't read icons embed in files like 1CD8_rundll32.0 . You can check icons manually, but I will try to make an automated scrip for you ;-) – desgua Apr 15 '13 at 12:57

This icons belong to sensors Conky on right side of your desktop.

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You mean Conky? – Seth Apr 16 '13 at 20:31
Yeah. Try closing it and see what happens. – Flimm Apr 18 '13 at 10:01

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