In Firefox, I tried to install GNOME Shell extension Desktop Icons made by Rastersoft, but I got this error:
In Firefox, I am trying to install **Desktop Icons** made by Rastersoft.

I need some icons my Desktop which include both folder & Indicator-sticky-notes. Installing other extensions is not the option because they will obviously lack:

  1. Resize desktop icons
  2. Hide Trash and Home folder

I don't want to install any other FileManager too. I am ok with Nautilus even though it sucks at some level.

Now, the main question is: Is there a way to get out of this session, install this extension and go back to my previous session? or something that solves this problem.

  • I am Confused, can you clarify.. 19.10 by default comes with this extension rite.. is there any difference between default one and the extension in Q? how did you come to know the difference? – PRATAP Nov 14 '19 at 12:54
  • Since 19.10, yes this extension comes pre-installed. I thought since this extension is disabled and I can still view all desktop icons which I need, why do I need it? So I removed it completely. @PRATAP – Prabesh bhattarai Nov 14 '19 at 13:07
  • did you remove it manually? – PRATAP Nov 14 '19 at 13:08
  • @PRATAP yes I did. – Prabesh bhattarai Nov 14 '19 at 13:09
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    you don't need to remove anything.. just choose which one to login.. GNOME or Ubuntu. if you logon to Ubuntu run the reinstall command and it should bring back the extension. – PRATAP Nov 14 '19 at 13:33

Probably the most conveient way for you would be installing the vanilla-gnome-desktop metapackage by running

sudo apt install vanilla-gnome-desktop

After installation reboot (or logout) and choose (after clicking the cogwheel (⚙️) next to the sign in button) a 'GNOME' session (instead of 'Ubuntu') from the GDM login screen. You'll then get the vanilla GNOME session sans any modification by Ubuntu.

  • I want to uninstall what I installed yesterday. But uninstalling vanilla doesn't remove all meta-packages which came with it. A list is so big as u can see here: pastebin.com/2AGdYjtJ How can I uninstall them without affecting ubuntu-session? – Prabesh bhattarai Nov 15 '19 at 4:57
  • Please refer to this. The safest option would be removing the packages manually making sure ubuntu-desktop metapackage is not removed in the process. – pomsky Nov 15 '19 at 6:00

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