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I've neither installed, nor upgraded, any packages for a couple of days, yet today Rhythmbox is reporting that it was 'unable to activate plugin Desktop Art.' It worked before I left the computer (at around 03:00), but when I restarted this afternoon it either couldn't or wouldn't.

I presume couldn't, I don't think my box actively resists my expectations. While I understand there could, potentially, be any number of reasons for this, I was wondering if there's a way to find out why it can't be activated? Or, of course, if anyone knows of a workaround to re-enable one of the few plug-ins I find to be essential.

Possibly this might be fixed by simply upgrading to Ubuntu 10.10, but I'd rather know what's happening now, than ignoring it and praying.

The only dependencies I could find are the following:

  • python 2.5 (or higher), currently I have: 2.6.5,
  • gnome-python-desktop, currently locating this package in Synaptic.
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Apparently, somehow, the pythongnome-desktop package got removed or deleted at some point. Re-installing it seems to have made Rhythmbox much happier and far more amenable. The plug-in's back, and gracing my desktop.

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Because this was so quickly resolved, once I found the dependencies, I'm not sure if the question's worth leaving for others, or whether I should simply delete it? I leave this decision to the mods and community. – David Thomas Oct 9 '10 at 18:28
+1 self answers are good, especially on a well-named, well-tagged question; you may save someone the work you did. – msw Oct 9 '10 at 22:26
@msw, in which case, I'll leave it for the future. – David Thomas Oct 9 '10 at 23:11

12.04 and later

The desktop-art plugin originally worked with 10.04 but never was advanced through development to work with later versions of Rhythmbox ... which is a shame because it was a great little plugin.

Rolling up my sleeves - its back for the Rhythmbox 2.9x versions:


... and on mouse-over...


To Install

sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gconf-2.0 gir1.2-rsvg-2.0
cd ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/plugins
git clone https://fossfreedom/desktop-art.git

or through my PPA as per the linked question

useful links

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You may want to install

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I can't disagree, but why? – David Thomas Oct 9 '10 at 21:26
Because the Python bindings for the RSVG library needed to read and write SVG files are necessary. – dag729 Oct 11 '10 at 0:35

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