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When I try to permanently delete a file or folder from desktop on Xubuntu 14.04 (using shift + del shortcut) no confirmation dialog box appears before they're excluded from computer. It seems to be a xfdesktop issue, since this problem doesn't occur on nautilus or thunar.

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I have the same issue. Restarting thunar and/or xfdesktop has no effect on it. A bug was raised in Xfce's bugzilla but there has been no action on it (except for my +1): https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10857 –  user279070 May 7 at 15:43

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Apparently it's a bug that's been fixed upstream but not in Xubuntu yet. I think the best thing to do right now if you're having this issue is go to the Launchpad bug report and let them know the bug is affecting you:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xfdesktop4/+bug/1315716

That should bring more attention to the bug which should hopefully help it get fixed sooner.

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