My desktop fails for one of the users (2) only:

  • No icons
  • No action upon right mouse button

(For user 2 all is fine. Users can be switched during session, then no issues for user 2. Back again to user 1: same problem again)

Only way to operate under user 1 is by general menu.

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    Unfortunately, Mint is off-topic here. Try forums.linuxmint.com. – Jacob Vlijm Jun 19 '19 at 9:36
  • A similar issue was raised on multiple occasions in the ubuntu forums. None of the solutions offered there solve my case. That does not imply, though, that this issue is mint-specific. You cannot tell whether it is off topic, because it might be a more general ubuntu issue. (Mint is based on ubuntu). – Roland Jun 19 '19 at 10:16
  • Whatever, ... thanks for suggestion to look into Unix & Linux. The answer was found there. But note that the answer IS not regarding mint, but rather (in my opinion) an Ubuntu thing (correct me if I am wrong). Here the answer was found: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/406067/…. Or should I conclude that it is a gnome issue? Consider the matter SOLVED. best regards, Roland – Roland Jun 19 '19 at 10:47
  • I've removed the answer from the question and voted to re-open. Once 4 additional reviewers agree with me, please feel free to post your answer in the answer box that will open below. You will still be able to copy-paste your answer from the revision history 0:-) ;-) – Fabby Jun 19 '19 at 15:28
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    @Roland Go ahead and post an answer. – Seth Jun 19 '19 at 19:07

Here is the answer (found on No active Desktop in Linux Mint - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange):

Launch dconf-editor & navigate to orggnomedesktopbackground & check the box labeled show-desktop-icons.

The cause of the error is unclear to me. Similar issues were reported over the past 6(!) years for various Linux environments including Ubuntu Unity. Key words:

  • Desktop doesn't show anything
  • After installing Gnome, desktop folder doesn't appear on my desktop
  • Desktop disappeared
  • Desktop icons missing
  • Etc.

It could be a Gnome issue, or a Mint issue (buggy interconnection of desktop settings to Gnome?). For further consideration by developers.

GUI of dconf-editor

  • An edit and and upvote! ;-) Also: please edit and correct the link. – Fabby Jun 21 '19 at 8:12

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